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Nearly 400 flights were either canceled or delayed on Saturday at San Francisco International Airport as the airport closed its busiest project runway for support.
272 flights were delayed yesterday and 109 canceled, according to an SFO airport manager. They said that a small part of the delays and cancellations could be due to East Coast weather, but the majority was due to the stopping of the runway.
The 20-day suspension of Runway 28L will allow construction crews to construct a 1900 leg section that intersects Runways 1R and 1L. These two tracks will also be closed at different points during construction – first 1R and then 1L. Construction is expected to go through September 27 and cost $ 16.2 million.
As early as 7 a.m. on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration reported flight delays of up to three hours at the SFO and at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the FAA website reported four-hour delays.
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One person emailed to ABC7 to announce his flight from SFO to LAX delayed by five hours. SFGate received emails from passengers reporting a 1-2 hour delay at other airports before leaving SFO.
"The FAA website is not a real-time indication of actual delays," SFO spokesman Doug Yakel told SFGate's ChrisGGGGnis.  "This figure is the starting point that the Washington Command Center begins its day to reflect the reduced arrival capacity caused by the runway closure. Airlines reductions and distances will lead to average delays that never approach this one. point, although some individual flights may notice delays of up to 2 hours. "
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In the meantime, there are more passengers. who complain on social media about time delays and cancellation of SFO.
Drew Costley is an SFGATE editor. Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @drewcostley