FAA gives thumbs up to TF Green runway expansion

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Federal Aviation Administration has approved extending the runway at TF Green by 1,530 feet. Of the three options proposed by the airport, this is the one it wanted.

The extra 1,530 feet would extend the main runway to a total of 87,000 feet.

The extension has been controversial with supporters saying a longer runway would allow TF Green to lure cross-country flights, while opponents are concerned about the impact airplane noise from big jets will have on residents and nearby school children. The FAA says it considered all comments before making its decision.

The FAA also approved plans to move some roads, build additional parking facilities, and expand the terminal.

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