Travel waivers issued as delays/cancellations continue piling up at San Francisco Int'l Airport due to runway maintenance closures

Starting this past Saturday morning, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) closed two of its 4 runways for construction maintenance.  The closures are scheduled to continue through September 26th, and has already caused the cancellation of 375 flights and 800 delays between this past Saturday morning and Monday afternoon.  Though the airport chose to perform this construction during the off-peak season for both business and leisure travel, the closed intersection of Runways 28L and 1L represented 68% of all aircraft crossings in 2018, and thus would have an inevitable impact on flight operations.



In response to the closure, four airlines have issued travel waivers for flights traveling to or originating from SFO:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert through Friday, September 27, 2019; and you are able to travel one day before or one day after your original travel date for which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert through Thursday, September 26, 2019; and Friday, September 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert through Thursday, September 26, 2019; and you are able to travel one day before or one day after your original travel date for which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued a travel alert through Friday, September 27, 2019; but information pertaining to any possible travel waivers as to the travel date for which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin will be dependent on specific flights.
Runway 28L, which is the airport's second longest at 11,381 feet, is used primarily for arriving flights and Runway 1L for departing flights.  The project would reconstruct a 1,900-foot section of 28L and overlay a 600-foot section of 1L.


If you're traveling to or from Bay Area airports before September 27th, you may want to consider alternatives such as San Jose (SJC) or Oakland (OAK) airports.  The travel waiver would also allow you to change existing reservations without a fee to the alternative airports.



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