A new runway has opened for travel at Port Columbus International Airport.
The first plane, a Southwest flight from Chicago, arrived just after 9 a.m. Thursday.
The main passenger airport in central Ohio commissioned the new south runway partly funded by a federal agency.
The Federal Aviation Administration paid for nearly two-thirds of the three-year, $140 million project at Port Columbus.
Airport officials say the new south runway has been lengthened and the distance from the north runway has increased by 700 feet.
The construction will allow two planes to leave the airport simultaneously, something the FAA had not allowed Port Columbus to do before.
Officials say the new runway took 410,000 tons of asphalt to build, enough to fill Huntington Park.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta was among the speakers for the commissioning ceremony Thursday.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and other local government and airport authority officials also were on hand.
Port Columbus says its old south runway will become a taxiway after the new runway opens.
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