Norfolk International Airport starts runway rehabilitation project causing nightly closures

NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk International Airport began the first phase of its primary runway rehabilitation project Tuesday.

The work will include the replacement of the runway centerline lights and the mill and overlay of the 35' keel section of the 6,000' of the runway.

The airport authority has been coordinating with airlines to accommodate construction crews as they work on the runway.

The project is expected to take 12 weeks to complete, and the nightly closure is a "hard" closure - meaning there will be no exceptions, an airport spokesperson said.

Delayed flights past 12:15 a.m. will have to divert to another airport. The Norfolk Airport Authority said they have been in communication with airlines since 2017 and the airlines have adjusted their schedules.

In addition, pilots are notified by the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) system.

"With the planning that has taken place in the last year for this, we're hopeful that no flight will have to divert to another airport," the official said.

Here is a list of flights that were affected on Tuesday night:

6 arriving flights canceled

  • United 658 from Chicago
  • American 3513 from New York LaGuardia
  • American 5692 from Philadelphia
  • United 2272 from Denver
  • Delta 5315 from New York JFK
  • Delta 3474 from Minneapolis

1 departing flight canceled

  • Delta 5402 to Boston

1 arriving flight that I don’t know why it hasn’t been canceled because it will not arrive before the runway closes

  • United 4266 from Newark – set to leave at 11:38 pm

1 arriving flight delayed to tomorrow morning

  • United 1807 from Dulles – was supposed to land at 11:36, now leaves Dulles at 6am Wednesday and lands in Norfolk at 7am

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