updated 1/15/2010 11:17:09 AM ET 2010-01-15T16:17:09

The largest runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be shut down in March for renovations.

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Airport officials tell The New York Times that the runway will be closed for four months. The runway handles one-third of JFK's total air traffic, including more than half of its departures.

During repairs, there will be fewer flights on carriers like Delta and JetBlue.

The shutdown could increase delays, but airport and airline officials insist there won't be any major problems. They say that in the long run, the renovations will help reduce delays.

The repairs will include widening the runway, replacing its asphalt surface with concrete, and updating lighting and electrical systems.

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