The primary runway at Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) was opened last week after completing upgrades that will better accomodate larger freighters like the Boeing 747-8F regularly flown by Cathay Pacific and Cargolux, amongst others.
At over 12,000 feet in length, runway 5R-23L will serve as the primary runway of Ohio’s premier cargo airport. The improvements, supported by Federal Aviation Administration grant funding, include asphalt resurfacing to an advanced aircraft classification, construction of 40-ft shoulders and expanded blast pads, relocation/replacement of airfield navigational aids, and updated lighting and signage.
The improved runway opens at a time when supply chain disruptions have impacted the entire freight and logistics industry. As one of the few cargo-focused airports, Rickenbacker said it has proven to be a critical part of the supply chain as ocean backlogs, overseas production issues and rising ocean shipping costs are driving many companies to turn to airfreight.
The upgrades on Rickenbacker airport’s runway are expected to facilitate growth over the next 20 years and maximise efficiency of aircraft ground movement, ultimately strengthening the Columbus region’s global connectivity.