Tweed Airport Coalition calls on state to rid runway length restriction

New Haven

An effort to drum up support for improvements to Tweed Airport in New Haven will take place on Wednesday.  

The Tweed Airport Coalition is hosting a lobby day at the state capitol Wednesday morning. The group is calling on the state to get rid of a restriction on the length of one of the runways. 

This has been an ongoing topic of conversation; airport officials want to extend one of the runways at Tweed in order to attract new airlines and possibly new routes. 

In order to understand what’s going on, first we need to go back ten years, where a state law was put into place to limit the length of the runway.

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The main runway at Tweed Airport is currently 5,600 feet. The goal is to lengthen it by another thousand feet. 

Some airlines can’t operate their aircraft in and out of the area unless the runway is longer due to safety regulations.City leaders say this could be a game changer – bringing more jobs, money and options for the Greater New Havenarea. 

People who live nearby don’t like the idea because of the noise and the possible congestion it could cause. The airport says steps have been taken over the years to address those concerns.

As for the bill that’s now in the House at the capitol, there has been no word on when it will be voted on. 

If it even passes soon, it then has to move on to the Senate. The legislative session officially ends two weeks from May 22.  

Places like Chicago, Washington D.C., and Florida have been considered as possible new destinations if the runway is extended. 

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