The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport plans to closed runway 5/23 for maintenance related activities starting Tuesday, September 6 to November 19, according to a spokesperson for the airport.
The runway's navigational aids will be replaced and updated and the airport will resurface Taxiway "C," which intersects the runway.
The spokesperson says Runway 5/23 is the Airport’s preferred nighttime noise abatement runway. This change will increase air traffic between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. over communities that presently do not receive many overflights during those hours.
Currently when the Airport is in a south operation, aircraft arrive on Runway 5/23 and depart on Runway 18L/36R. As a result, communities north of Runway 18L/36R experience relatively little air traffic, according to a spokesperson for the airport.
The spokesperson says with the temporary closure of Runway 5/23, the FAA will use Runway 18L/36R during the day for both arrivals and departures to accommodate operational demand. Communities north of this runway will experience a corresponding increase in aircraft overflights.
In addition to the temporary closure of Runway 5/23, two other airfield projects will take place during the 2 ½ month construction window.
- Runway 18L/36R will be closed each night to resurface Taxiway “C.” This closure is for safety during the nighttime work hours.
- Runway 18C/36C will be shut down each night from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for crews to repaint pavement markings.
These additional temporary runway closures will cause nighttime flight operations to use Runway 18R/36L, which is a change from the Airport’s normal procedures. Communities north and south of this runway will experience a corresponding increase in aircraft operations during a timeframe in which they rarely receive overflight, according to the spokesperson.