Runway Work Triggers Delays, Cancellations at San Francisco International Airport

A runway construction project at San Francisco International Airport — one of the busiest airports in the United States — is causing headaches for some travelers, and the issue won't be going away anytime soon.

Over the weekend and into Monday, dozens of flights were either canceled or delayed while crews repaved and upgraded Runway 28L, according to airport officials. A total of 50 flights on Monday were canceled before the runway reopened at 10 a.m.

The construction schedule calls for the runway to be shut down on seven future weekends through June 16, with the exception of Memorial Day, airport officials said. The closures typically occur between 6 p.m. Friday until noon Monday but are subject to change, the airport said.

If everything goes well, airport officials hope to complete the project by the Fourth of July weekend.

Construction kicked off on the final day of March and was expected to continue every weekend moving forward, but inclement weather during Easter weekend temporarily halted repair efforts. Two more future weekends packed with rain or other foul weather could put the Fourth of July target date in jeopardy, airport officials said.

If Mother Nature nature throws a wrench into the fold, the summer travel season at SFO could be severely impacted. July and August are the busiest months at the airport, according to officials.

Runway 28L, which is used primarily for arriving flights, is getting a fresh coat of pavement as well as new LED centerline lights, the airport said.

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