February 21, 2006

US pledges $200 mln for new Dulles airport runway

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government pledged $200
million on Tuesday to help build a fourth runway at Washington
Dulles airport, the Transportation Department said.

The runway and related taxiways will allow Dulles to handle
up to 50 percent more flights per hour during certain
conditions and make it easier for aircraft to land during bad
weather, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said in a

Dulles is one of the fastest growing airports in the United
States, handling more than 27 million passengers in 2005.

The total cost of the project, due to be completed in 2008,
is $356 million.