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JFK Airport's Main Runway Reopens

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Business is back to normal at John F. Kennedy, as the airport's largest runway was reopened this morning.

The Bay Runway has been closed since March for a massive reconstruction project.

Crews repaved the runway and widened it to accommodate bigger planes.

Officials say this will be a great benefit to passengers.

"We're so proud of this project because what it's first going to be able to do is allow us to takeoff planes every 60 seconds, so you're going to get far fewer flight delays, because we're going to be able to queue more planes and take them off faster," said Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward.

“Part of this project also included a number of delay-reduction initiatives that will make the use of the airport on the ground and the taxiways and runways more flexible,” said Susan Baer, director of aviation for the Port Authority. “[This] will give the controllers who move the planes around a lot more options for how they move the aircraft, which the end game, the end result, what we're working towards, is fewer delays at JFK."

The Port Authority says the $376 million project is finishing on time and on budget.

The runway is the longest and most heavily used at the airport.

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