So here's a question, might be stupid or not. The airport is at capacity with it's current runway configuration, thus requiring a new parallel runway. It's my understanding that under heavy chinook or west wind conditions, north and south flight operations are inactive, and this will remain the same even with the new runway. So great dependency will be placed on our two east-west runways, especially as YYC continues to increase in traffic.
My question is, as traffic increases - especially with heavier planes - will there be greater need to increase the length of the runways? I imagine they're fairly short right now for our altitude correct? I figure that if it's a windy day and there are some planes that are more suited to takeoff on the north-south runways, it could create some problems?
If that's the case, I'm curious on why the open space beyond the NW runway past Deerfoot isn't reserved for possible runway extension? Since Deerfoot is beneath the runway, they could do what they did in Atlanta (and technically what they're gonna do for Airport Trail) by building an bridge. If they had the potential to push the runway a little bit past Deerfoot as well bumped to McCall Way. It would make Runway 10/28 the same length as the north-south runways. Image below illustrates my runway distance.
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