Modernization Program Breaks Ground at O’Hare

In this article (Paragraph No. 20,381), in 39 of the last 42 years, including both 2003 and 2004, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was the busiest airport in the world based on total aircraft operations. At the same time, however, the U.S. Department of Transportation was forced to institute flight caps due to excessive delays at O’Hare that affected the entire nation. To address these delays and to meet expected demand well into the future, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois in 2001 launched what became the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) to enhance O’Hare capacity. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the OMP in a Record of Decision issued September 30, 2005, but legal roadblocks remain. In this article, the author discusses the airport’s modernization plan, detailing its history, funding, features, facilities, and operations. Despite legal and other obstacles, Chicago ultimately expects to stay on schedule—completing O’Hare’s first new runway within the next several years.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Aviation Law Institute

    DePaul University College of Law, 25 E Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  United States  60604
  • Authors:
    • Rhee, Jamie
  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Transfer Binder 2: 2004-2008
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 10051-10061
  • Monograph Title: Issues in Aviation Law and Policy

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01141813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2009 2:35PM