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FYI – SFO Use of Alt. Runway May Bring Noise

Good morning – I thought you’d be interested in the information below, from San Francisco International Airport, concerning an upcoming runway closure to accommodate construction there. In addition to possible flight delays, use of an alternate runway/approach pattern can result in additional noise for some areas on the ground, so I wanted to make you aware in case you hear a difference in aircraft noise during this work.

~ malcolm


SFO Announces Runway Closure February 15-18 for Construction Work
Weekend Closure to Accomplish Federally-Mandated Runway Safety Areas

SAN FRANCISCO – February 7, 2013 – the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced a temporary weekend runway closure in February to carry out construction activity for federally-mandated Runway Safety Areas. The closure is scheduled for:

  • Friday, February 15th at 10:00pm PST through Monday, February 18th at 8:00am PST: Runway 28L closed

This closure will allow crews to construct new threshold areas, lighting systems, and navigational aids to comply with federal Runway Safety Area (RSA) requirements. Originally planned for January, this work was postponed due to inclement weather. Scheduled dates remain subject to change based on weather conditions.  The overall Runway Safety Area project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.

During this closure, the arrival rate at SFO may be reduced from 60 aircraft per hour to 30 aircraft per hour. Delays for flights originating within a two-hour radius of SFO could occur during peak travel times between 9:00am-12:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm. Travelers are strongly encouraged to contact their airline regarding potential delays.

About San Francisco International Airport San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 31 international points on 27 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 74 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit Follow us on and

Doug Yakel
Acting Airport Spokesperson
Communications & Marketing
San Francisco International Airport


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