Travel Alert September 2019: Two Runways Closed at San Francisco International Airport

Runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport is currently closed for repairs and is expected to reopen on Friday, September 27, 2019; and a section of Runway 1L will also be under reconstruction during this period — meaning that despite airlines having adjusted their schedules, flights may still be delayed or cancelled during this period of time.

Travel Alert September 2019: Two Runways Closed at San Francisco International Airport

At a total length of 11,381 feet, Runway 28L is the second longest runway at San Francisco International Airport — it is one of two runways which are used primarily for arriving flights — and will have a new base layer surface once the reconstruction is complete. “The project will reconstruct a 1,900 foot section”, according to this announcement which is posted at the official Internet web site of the airport. “Lighting and drainage infrastructure will be replaced, and a 600-foot section of Runway 1L will also be overlayed.”

Source: San Francisco International Airport.

The new base for Runway 28L is being constructed in the area where it intersects with Runway 1L and Runway 1R, which are primarily used for departing flights. These two intersections are the most heavily-traveled section of the entire runway system at San Francisco International Airport, with greater than 68 percent of all flights crossing these intersections in 2018.

Members of the team who are involved with this reconstruction project selected most of the month of September for the closure of the runways to avoid both the busy travel season during the summer and the holiday travel season at the end of the year. Additionally, the probability of precipitation is low, as dry weather is necessary for the curing of the layers.

Travel Waivers Issued by Airlines

If you are traveling to San Francisco International Airport during most of the month of September, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this runway reconstruction which may adversely affect your travel plans.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this runway reconstruction:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Francisco International Airport through Friday, September 27, 2019; and you are able to travel one day before or one day after your original travel date for which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for San Francisco International Airport through Thursday, September 26, 2019; and Friday, September 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Francisco International Airport through Thursday, September 26, 2019; and you are able to travel one day before or one day after your original travel date for which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Francisco International Airport through Friday, September 27, 2019; but information pertaining to any possible travel waivers as to the travel date for which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin will be dependent on specific flights.

Summary

If you are traveling to or from San Francisco International Airport during the month of September 2019, try to select flights which operate prior to 9:00 in the morning Pacific Daylight Time for as minimal an impact on your travels as possible. Both domestic and international flights may be affected by this activity.

Postponing or canceling your trip is an option as well — although likely a somewhat drastic alternative. Instead, consider choosing alternate airports which serve the greater metropolitan areas of Oakland, San Jose or Sacramento to avoid delays or cancellations of flights.

Source: San Francisco International Airport.

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