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Travel Waiver: SFO closing runway (28L), 7- 19 Sept 2019, 28L has reopened

Travel Waiver: SFO closing runway (28L), 7- 19 Sept 2019, 28L has reopened

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UA's San Francisco airport construction notice
San Francisco airport construction
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will close a major runway for repairs from September 7–26, and we expect it’ll cause flight cancellations and delays. We want to help, so we removed some flights from our schedule and rebooked customers to help reduce any disruptions to their travel plans.

We’re also offering a travel waiver that gives you flexibility to change your flight or connect in a different city. We will continue to work with other airports to rebook connecting customers through those cities while the airport runway is closed.

We recommend changing your flight or allowing more time to get to and from your destination. If that’s not possible, make sure you’re checking your flight status before you head to the airport.

The airport’s AirTrain will also be periodically closed at night due to AirTrain construction, so we recommend allowing extra time to get around the airport if you’re traveling in the evening and use the AirTrain to get between terminals. You can find more information on the San Francisco International Airport website.
20-Day Closure of Runway 28L at SFO Set to Begin on September 7th

Airlines implement voluntary flight schedule adjustments to reduce delays

SAN FRANCISCO - August 7, 2019 – the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is set to close Runway 28L on September 7, 2019, for 20 days to construct a new base layer below the runway surface. The runway is expected to reopen on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Because the closure will reduce the Airport’s overall runway capacity, SFO advises travelers to expect delays during this period. Airlines have collaborated with SFO to voluntarily reduce their flight schedules to lessen the length of delays. When combined with reductions from other non-airline flight operations, total flights at SFO have been reduced by 13% during the 20 days of the runway 28L closure. Airlines have also re-timed certain flights to reduce demand during peak periods.

With the voluntary schedule adjustments in place, flight delays are expected to average 30-45 minutes, with some flights experiencing maximum delays of approximately 2 hours. SFO recommends that travelers opt for early morning flights before 9:00 a.m. PDT during this period, as delays are expected to begin after 9:00 a.m. PDT each day during the closure, and continue for the remainder of the day. Both domestic and international flights may be affected by this activity, with short-haul flights being most affected. The period of Wednesday through Friday will see the largest amount of flight activity, and thus the most potential for delays.

The closure is being conducted to construct a new base for Runway 28L, one of two runways used primarily for arriving flights, in the area where it intersects with Runway 1L and 1R, which are primarily used for departing flights. These runway intersections are the most heavily-traveled areas of the entire runway system at SFO, with more than 68% of all flights crossing these intersections.

The total length of Runway 28L is 11,381 feet. The project will reconstruct a 1,900-foot section of Runway 28L, replace lighting and drainage infrastructure, and overlay a 600-foot section of Runway 1L.SFO repaved the entire top layer of Runway 28L in spring 2017. During this project, core sampling and ground-penetrating radar indicated that the base layer was showing signs of fatigue cracking due to a large amount of aircraft activity in this area. This issue required additional investigation and engineering that could not be addressed at that time. SFO staff have evaluated multiple options and concluded that the best long-term solution is to excavate the section of Runway 28L at the intersection of Runway 1L and 1R to reconstruct the pavement structure, comprised of a cementitious aggregate base and a top asphalt surface.

With input from airlines at SFO, the project team selected September 7-27, 2019 for the closure to avoid the busy summer and year-end holiday travel seasons. This timeframe was also chosen for the low probability of precipitation, as dry weather is necessary for asphalt paving.

The contract for the Runway 28L Reconstruction project was awarded to Golden Gate Constructors. The project is federally-funded, and the total project cost is expected to be $16.2 million.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 12:48 pm
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Travel Waiver: SFO closing runway (28L), 7- 19 Sept 2019, 28L has reopened

Saw this in the WN forum...

September 7-27.

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/articl...n-14287442.php

(Searched this forum for "runway" and got no very recent hits; sorry if it's already been posted.)
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Old Aug 13, 19, 1:36 pm
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The reason for the closure is construction of a new base on a 1,900-foot stretch of Runway 28L, which SFO explains is one of two runways at the airport used mostly for arrivals. The part of 28L being redone is where it intersects runways 1L and 1R, which are used mostly for departures.
That's going to be a mess. I've got an LAX-PDX trip that i need to book so it looks like I'll take the scenic route through Denver.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 1:37 pm
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Flight delays expected?

There already were flight delays. They mean "way more" flight delays
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Great. I've got a short haul connection through SFO to KOA during that time period. It's always a risk taking a short haul connection through SFO to begin with, but this just multiplies it.

Any thoughts on whether UA will offer a travel waiver a bit closer? Not a lot of good UA metal connections to KOA that don't require an overnight, as both the LAX and DEN options are early morning, but this makes for pretty good odds of a misconnect.
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Old Aug 13, 19, 2:09 pm
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20-Day Closure of Runway 28L at SFO Set to Begin on September 7th
Airlines implement voluntary flight schedule adjustments to reduce delays
from Public Information Office, San Francisco International Airport into this thread's wiki

Because the closure will reduce the Airport’s overall runway capacity, SFO advises travelers to expect delays during this period. Airlines have collaborated with SFO to voluntarily reduce their flight schedules to lessen the length of delays. When combined with reductions from other non-airline flight operations, total flights at SFO have been reduced by 13% during the 20 days of the runway 28L closure. Airlines have also re-timed certain flights to reduce demand during peak periods.

With the voluntary schedule adjustments in place, flight delays are expected to average 30-45 minutes, with some flights experiencing maximum delays of approximately 2 hours. SFO recommends that travelers opt for early morning flights before 9:00 a.m. PDT during this period, as delays are expected to begin after 9:00 a.m. PDT each day during the closure, and continue for the remainder of the day. Both domestic and international flights may be affected by this activity, with short-haul flights being most affected. The period of Wednesday through Friday will see the largest amount of flight activity, and thus the most potential for delays.

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Old Aug 13, 19, 2:13 pm
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Note there is also a 8PM to 5AM closure of parts of the SFO Air Train, this week thru 15 Aug 2019

SFO is extending the Blue Line AirTrain from the Rental Car Center to the Lot DD Long-Term Parking Lot and building a new station at the future Grand Hyatt at SFO. In addition, system upgrades are being made to make the trains faster and more reliable. As a result, periodic shutdowns of some roads around the Airport, as well as periodic nighttime shutdowns of the AirTrain, are necessary through 2020 when the project is complete. Please expect delays during the following dates/times:
  • On Friday (8/9), the Blue Line service will be suspended from at 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. The Red Line will be serving all stations during this period.
  • On Monday (8/12), the Red Line service will be suspended from at 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. The Blue Line will be serving all stations during this period.
  • On Tuesday (8/13), the Red Line service will be suspended from at 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. The Blue Line will be serving all stations during this period.
  • On Wednesday (8/14) and Thursday (8/15), the Blue Line service will be suspended from at 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. The Red Line will be serving all stations during this period.
Normal Routes
- Red Line circles the terminals -- Clockwise
- Blue Line circles the terminals - counter-clockwise and connects to the rental car area
https://www.flysfo.com/to-from/getting-around-sfo

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Thank you for the heads-up. Does anyone think UA would permit changes to existing ticketed itineraries to earlier flights with waivers?
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Here's hoping I get lucky and this turns the 5:45p flight I have booked into the 7:30p flight I wanted, but isn't operating in September
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Says the work being done is at the intersection of runways 1L and 1R. How are those runways not affected? Just curious. Mentions a 600' "overlay" of 1L - I guess that's just new asphalt that can be done overnight? The rest of the work must be actually outside 1 L/R, but nearby...
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Thank you for the heads-up. Does anyone think UA would permit changes to existing ticketed itineraries to earlier flights with waivers?
UA may issue a waiver, but it's more likely that they'll proactively adjust their schedule to try to accommodate the work. In fact, they likely already have.
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
UA may issue a waiver, but it's more likely that they'll proactively adjust their schedule to try to accommodate the work. In fact, they likely already have.
I'm also looking at an LAX-LHR trip right on top of this construction. I usually connect through SFO on the outbound because of the early arrival time. All SFO connections are full C while everything else is D which I've never seen before. Difference is $5,000 instead of the usual $5. Looks like they are routing people to other hubs with the pricing as well.
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SFO travel waiver for runway maintenance

There's a new travel waiver just posted for SFO for almost all of September. This could cause rebooking of a huge number of flights. Anyone have more details on what this is all about?
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https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unit...-expected.html

Not much of a waiver - no change fee or fare difference to change one day earlier or later, must have ticketed by August 25. Not sure how this is going to help.
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unit...-expected.html

Not much of a waiver - no change fee or fare difference to change one day earlier or later, must have ticketed by August 25. Not sure how this is going to help.
Yes, that was my reaction too -- I'm perplexed by what the waiver is supposed to accomplish? I guess if you're departing SFO, you could switch to the first flight of the same morning in an effort to avoid delays??
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Details about the actual construction work can be found here - https://www.flysfo.com/28l-reconstruction-faqs
this includes:
SFO is closing one of two runways used primarily for arriving flights, Runway 28L, for 20 days, from September 7 – 27, 2019, to reconstruct the base layer of the runway where it intersects with two other runways, 1L and 1R, which are primarily used for departing flights. This project will excavate a 1,900-foot section of Runway 28L to create a completely new base layer.
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