O’Hare International Airport (Guide)

O’Hare International airport is among the most well-known and busy airports in the world. Soon after the opening of Chicago Midway Airport, it became clear that the city would need an additional airport due to high demand and travelers. The history of the O’Hare airport began in 1945 when a Site Selection Committee, appointed by the mayor Edward Kelly, picked a location for the airport – Orchard Field. The field used to be a Douglas aircraft assembly plant with four concrete runways in the northwest side of Chicago. Douglas’s company’s contract ended in 1945, and the company decided on concentrating commercial production at its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. After the Douglas Company left, the complex was named as Orchard Field Airport and got an IATA Code ORD.


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About O’Hare International Airport

O’Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD, ICAO: KORD, FAA LID: ORD) is an international airport situated in Chicago, Illinois, and one of the busiest airports in the world with 218 non-stop flights to 218 destinations around the world. Business Insider ranks the airport as the sixth busiest in the world. The average number of passengers per month is 7,076 million (2018), and the number of passengers in 2017 reached 79,8 million. By the number of take-offs and landings, the airport was the busiest in the world in 2014.
O’Hare has four passenger terminals with nine concourses and 191 gates. For 13 years in a row, the O’Hare International Airport has been named as the Best Airport in North America by a leading travel magazine.
The $8,7 billion capital improvement plans that City of Chicago and airline partners agreed on is going to add 25 percent more gate capacity to the airport, modernize the terminals, and improve O’Hare’s capacity and efficiency.
O’Hare is a hub for two major airlines in the United States – American airlines, 3rd largest hub, United Airlines, the largest hub and a focus city for Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines.
There are two sets of parallel runways at the airport, on either side of terminals.
There are two parallel east-west runways at the north airfield – 9L/27R and 9R/27L. An additional runway is going to be completed by 2020 – 9C/27C. There are three east-west parallel runways at the south airfield – 10L/28R, 10C/28C, and 10R/28R. Additionally, there are two parallel crosswind runways on each side of the airport – 4R/22L and 4L/22R.
The average aircraft operation number per day at O’Hare is 2400, and the O’Hare airport is connected to more than 60 foreign destinations.
O’Hare is the first major airport to build an apiary on its property. The airport hosts 75 hives and a million bees every summer. 30-40 ex-offenders that have no or minimal experience maintain the bees and then they are transferred to jobs in manufacturing, food processing, and other fields, after completing the program.

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