January 12th, 2009
05:23 PM ET
14 years ago

Dulles to close runway for overflow inaugural plane parking

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/12/art.dulles.gi.jpg caption="Dulles airport is planning for a surge in private plane traffic."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Cars, limos and buses aren't the only modes of transportation that will find parking at a premium on Inauguration Day.

Dulles International Airport said Monday it will temporarily close its newest runway to provide parking for an expected surge in private planes during the big event.

The 9,400-foot runway known to pilots as 1L/19R will be closed from January 16 to 23, said Tara Hamilton, spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority. The airport is "guesstimating" that some 500 private aircraft will arrive at Dulles, and the runway will provide an overflow capacity for general aviation aircraft.

Some 300 private aircraft arrived at Dulles in 2004, the first inauguration in which traffic was limited at the closer-in Reagan National Airport, Hamilton said.

The airport opened the new $356 million runway in November. The airport has three other runways.

Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Trish

    Some of these people have it right. All for the "haves" the hell with the "have nots."

    January 12, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Home of the Free

    TCM@ to call Mr. Obama incompetent is laughable. I don't know what you smoke, but I sure want some. Your a complete Idiot.

    January 12, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
1 2 3