Three major airports are celebrating the opening of new runways today. The runway at Washington Dulles International Airport is the airport's fourth, and the first to be constructed since 1962. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport's runway is part of a larger project to eventually create eight parallel runways at the airport, eliminating any previously intersecting runways. And officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, thrilled at being able to operate more flights per hour safely in inclement weather, are already clamoring to add a fourth runway sometime in the near future. Opinions vary on how much the new runways will cut down on flight delays across the system, particularly in the heavily congested New York area. But the DOT insists that travelers across the nation will see some improvement as Washington, Seattle and Chicago get immediate relief.
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