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Charlotte airport to consider new runway

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say it's time to start planning for a new runway after the Federal Aviation Administration imposed restrictions on the use of an existing runways.

The Charlotte Observer reported  that airport officials say the restrictions on using a diagonal runway at the airport has cut landing capacity by 11 percent.

The FAA says a runway that lies on a diagonal from the three other runways poses a safety hazard because flight paths intersect.

Officials said Monday it is time to start planning for a fourth parallel runway that would cost about $93 million and could open in 2017.

Charlotte is the nation's sixth busiest airport in terms of takeoff and landings, with an average of about 730 departures each day.

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