O’Hare Airport To Receive Federal
Funding For Airport Improvements
March 21, 2011 -
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood,
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, executives from United
Airlines and American Airlines and
With this agreement between the City of
With 64 million yearly passengers connecting to 130
domestic airports, the O'Hare Modernization Program is a
project of national economic significance that will help
Modernization Program, managed by the Chicago Department of
Aviation, is one of the largest construction projects in the
country at one of the world’s busiest airports.
The first phase of the program, which is still under
construction, includes two new runways, a runway extension, and
a new air traffic control tower.
When the program is complete, O’Hare will have eight
modern runways, reducing flight delays and improving efficiency
for travelers throughout the country.
“This is a
landmark achievement that will benefit air travelers throughout
the entire nation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
improvements to O'Hare will not only reduce flight delays and
improve service for air passengers across
“That’s why I am so pleased that the City has reached agreement with American and United Airlines on a way to proceed immediately with the completion phase of the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The OMP keeps businesses thriving, residents working and our economy growing. I would like to thank United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Mark Kirk, and our airline partners for their hard work and cooperation in coming to this agreement."
“I want to thank Mayor Daley for working with us to reach an agreement that helps fulfill our shared vision for a world-class airport for our hometown, while recognizing the economic realities we all face,” said Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United Airlines. “I also want to thank Secretary LaHood and his team who worked tirelessly with the airlines and the Mayor’s team to bring us together.
are grateful for the involvement of Senators Durbin and Kirk and for the
federal support that makes this project possible. Finally, I also want
to thank the many civic leaders of Chicago, especially Lester Crown, who
have been dedicated to ensuring fiscally responsible development at
“We appreciate the
extraordinary efforts of Secretary Ray LaHood and Senators Dick Durbin
and Mark Kirk of
“Today we reaffirm
our support of Mayor Daley and our shared vision for a world-class
airport at O’Hare. At the
same time, the parties have crafted a plan that recognizes the turbulent
conditions of our industry and allows us to continue a dialogue with the
City over the best timing and pacing of construction going forward.
As a result, we believe this agreement will benefit consumers,
our shareholders and employees and the communities that we serve
throughout the country for years to come.”
"Shortly after the
lawsuit against the city was filed, Senator Kirk and I met with airlines
and encouraged them to sit down with the city and work out an
agreement," said Durbin.
"There were many who were skeptical that a deal could be reached, but
fortunately Mayor Daley was not one of them.
I commend him and the CEO's of both airlines for their commitment
to working hard to resolve their differences outside the courtroom.
I also want to thank Secretary LaHood for engaging and bringing
everyone together to reach today's deal - which is good news for the
Modernization Program is one of the most important economic development
projects in the nation," Sen. Kirk said. "The deal negotiated by the
importantly, a path is created to finish this important initiative that
will help northern
|©AvStop Online Magazine Contact Us Return To News|