Flight caps eliminated at Chicago O’Hare

O’Hare International Airport will no longer have flight caps because the city of Chicago “has outdone itself when it comes to boosting capacity,” said Robert Sturgell, the Federal Aviation Administration’s acting administrator.  

“The extension of an existing runway two months ahead of schedule, together with the completion of a new runway later this year, will allow for an additional four to five arrivals per hour,” Sturgell said.

In 2004, arrivals at O’Hare were capped at 88 during most hours of the day to reduce congestion. When the new runway is finished later this year, 56 to 70 more arrivals will be added throughout the day, said the FAA, adding that the extra capacity “is expected to result in a modest decrease in delayed flights.”

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