Ruling backs airport in dispute over runway length

Ruling backs airport in dispute over runway length

By Dave Collins

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has directed a judge to overturn a Connecticut law that limits the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport’s main runway, saying it conflicts with federal aviation law.

The decision on Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York is a victory for the state-run airport, which said the 2009 law limiting the runway to its current 5,600 feet threatened existing airline service and prevented it from attracting more commercial flights.

It wasn’t immediately clear if state Attorney General William Tong’s office planned to appeal the ruling.

A federal magistrate judge in Hartford upheld the state law in 2017, prompting the airport to appeal to the federal appellate court.

The airport currently has daily flights to and from Philadelphia.