Logan to overhaul runways

After a summer of near misses and close calls, Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) and Boston Logan Airport officials have said they are considering measures to make the airport safer.

Among the plans will be a new ‘taxiway’ that will enable planes to taxi back to their gates without having to cross runways.

Logan’s design is practically asking for problems as it has five intersecting runways joined by a complicated network of taxi areas.

To make matters worse, these runways have to accommodate 420,000 annual departures and arrivals, as Logan is one of the country’s busiest airports.

The F.A.A. added that Logan would in many ways be a testing area for new technology it was developing to prevent accidents.

Spokesman for the F.A.A., Jim Peters, said: “We would like to make these changes happen as soon as possible.”

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