San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is set to undergo significant taxiway improvements, aiming to enhance the efficiency and safety of aircraft operations. The project, focusing on the realignment of two key taxiways, Delta and Tango, will lead to the closure of Runway 28 Left for a period of five months, starting from January 16, 2024. This closure is a strategic move to separate the intersecting taxiways, thereby adhering to the latest safety standards.
During this period, Runway 28 Right will serve as the primary runway for all arriving flights. However, the closure is anticipated to reduce the airport’s overall runway capacity, potentially leading to delays, especially during peak hours. It is estimated that about one-third of flights might experience delays ranging from 30 to 60 minutes from January through April.
In an effort to minimize these disruptions, SFO is collaborating closely with airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to adjust flight schedules accordingly. Both domestic and international flights are likely to be impacted by these changes.
The project, awarded to Golden Gate Constructors, is federally funded and carries an estimated construction cost of $55 million. It is expected to conclude before the busy Independence Day weekend and peak summer travel season, with Runway 28 Left scheduled to reopen no later than July 1, 2024.