Warwick reaches deal with TF Airport over runway

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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 12:12 PM
Warwick reaches deal with TF Airport over runway

Warwick officials have reached an agreement with T.F. Green Airport over plans to extend the main runway by nearly 1,500 feet to accommodate national and international flights.

The deal could result in the City Council dropping a lawsuit against the expansion plans over environmental concerns. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the agreement Wednesday evening.

Officials haven't disclosed details of the agreement.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee recently asked Warwick officials to drop the lawsuit, saying the runway expansion is crucial to the state's economic development.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the plans last year. Officials say a longer runway allows planes to carry heavier loads and more fuel for faraway destinations.