Hopkins Airport Plan Put On Hold

CLEVELAND (AP) - The city has decided to curtail a plan to extend a runway at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport that once was called critical to its ability to compete in the global economy by increasing nonstop international flights.

Airport director Ricky Smith says the move is due to high costs and a lack of scheduled nonstop flights.

Plans were in place to extend one of two 9,000-foot runways to 11,250 feet -- the length needed for 747 and 757 jets to take off for nonstop flights to Asia.

However, the runway will extend to only 10,000 feet and an intersection with a smaller runway will be eliminated to improve safety. The 41 (m) million-dollar project will not accommodate additional international flights.