Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation Project

Runway 4-22 will be closed for approximately one year beginning in January 2022.  During its closure, Runway 15-33 will be used as the primary runway for all of PGD’s commercial airline departures and landings.

Runway Project FAQs

The runway was constructed in the 1940s and has endured decades of takeoffs and landings, so the center portion of the runway must be removed and reconstructed along its entire length. The remaining portion of the runway will be milled and resurfaced. Both portions of the runway will be paved with asphalt, grooved and painted with runway markings. New blast pads will also be constructed at each end of the runway, and new energy-efficient lighting will be installed.

Airlines have been using both Runway 4-22 and Runway 15-33 from October 2020 through December 2021. Once Runway 4-22 has been rehabilitated and reopens, airlines will resume utilizing both runways again.

Once Runway 4-22 has been rehabilitated and reopens, airlines will resume utilizing both runways again.  Although some neighborhoods will notice increased flights overhead during 2022, flight patterns will resume 2021 levels once Runway 4-22 reopens in 2023.

Commercial airliners will return to primarily using Runway 4-22  in 2023, which is preferred because it has the best windage, is longer, and provides for instrument landings.  These procedures are directed by the FAA and Air Traffic Control Tower.  However, airline pilots may also continue using Runway 15-33 when Runway 4-22 is unavailable due to air traffic or weather conditions.

Other aircraft that utilize VFR (visual flight rules) landing and taking off on Runway 4-22 will be encouraged to follow these Noise Abatement procedures.

The potential arrival and departure paths shown on this webpage may vary based on weather, safety conditions and air traffic.

Passengers should not be affected by this closure since the airlines will still be able to use Runway 15-33.  Many major commercial airports operate with only one runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has sovereign control over all airspace above the United States and its Territories. Neither the Charlotte County Airport Authority Board nor staff has the legal authority to mandate specific flight paths. We are only allowed to ask pilots to abide by recommended and voluntary noise abatement procedures. Any change in departure or arrival flight paths must be approved and implemented by the FAA.
We will instruct our contractors to be safe and courteous, to adhere to the speed limit, and use Piper Road instead of Golf Course Boulevard whenever possible. Normal hours of operation will be Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., however weekend and night work may occur occasionally.  Neighbors may also notice unrelated activity from Suncoast Trucking Academy, which is also located off Challenger Boulevard.
If you have any specific incidents you would like to report, please use this form.

Yes, we are equipped to handle all commercial air traffic on Runway 15-33, and we also have Runway 9-27 available for smaller aircraft to utilize.

PGD’s runways will be closed for commercial airline traffic from Sept. 6 – 13, 2022 for necessary construction connections. This closure was coordinated with Allegiant to take place during its lowest demand period.

No. The Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) of 1990 enacted by the FAA does not allow airports to limit timing of aircraft operations, however, it did require a substantial reduction in noise by aircraft manufacturers.  As such, Charlotte County Airport Authority worked with Allegiant to become the first Airbus A320 base in 2018, a fleet of planes which is much quieter than the previous MD-80 aircraft.

Since the Airport is a landing location for many types of aircraft and it engages in Interstate commerce (commercial transportation between states), it falls into same category as Interstate I-75. The airport is not allowed to put time limits on when that traveling commerce will occur.  Only six U.S. airports have pre-1990 curfews grandfathered by ANCA.

PGD’s noise abatement procedures are voluntary. Federal requirements for involuntary noise mitigation programs passed by Congress in 1990 have made it very difficult for airports to impose mandatory restrictions. Airports with mandatory restrictions imposed those programs before the law went into effect.

PGD staff makes pilots aware of the noise abatement procedures through reflective signage on the airfield, meetings with pilots, and posting maps in the pilot briefing room. Staff has flight tracking software to verify compliance and follows up with repeat offenders.  Staff works continuously to communicate with pilots and ensure they are aware of noise sensitive communities.

Yes, we would be happy to answer individual questions to the best of our ability. We will also work with our neighbors to schedule a presentation for their group.  Click here to submit your question or request.