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Workers Finishing Spokane Airport Runway Extension

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Workers this week are expected to finish pouring concrete for a $30 million extension of the main runway at Spokane International Airport.

Airport spokesman Todd Woodard says when it opens in September the new 11,000-foot runway will allow airlines to operate in Spokane during the hot days of the summer without having to reduce baggage and passenger loads.

Woodard told The Spokesman-Review the old 9,000-foot runway wasn't long enough to get a fully loaded plane safely off the ground when heat reduces lift.

Airlines also will be able to offer longer flights from Spokane because the runway will have the length to accommodate greater takeoff weights.

Next year, another $30 million project will take a dip out of the northeast end of the runway.

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