One of the long-standing debates in Rhode Island is extending the runways at TF Green for longer flights with larger aircraft. Because the airport is in a densely populated area, local residents are concerned about their houses being displaced, and even those who aren’t being displaced are concerned about increased traffic creating more noise.
Currently airlines will not add flights to the west coast or Europe because of the limited runway length. Nor will they use widebody aircraft for the same reasons… at least according to the airport officials. Certainly, despite TF Green being designated a medium hub airport, it has one of the shortest runways of any airport of its size, and officials have stated this stunts its growth. Currently its only international flight is to Toronto (although historically they’ve had flights to the Caribbean and the Azores), and the western-most destination is Las Vegas.
One thing I am really confused about is this flight, an NFL Charter from last year that the San Diego Chargers used to get back to the west coast:
Not only was it a transcontinental flight, but it was with a widebody 767. Could someone explain this contradiction?