Chicago's O'Hare Airport opens $1.3 billion runway

Summary:Air traffic in the United States is getting a little less congested.

About 90,000 more flights a year will come from the second-busiest airport in the United States.

That's all thanks to a new 10,800 foot, $1.3 billion runway that opened yesterday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The new addition marks the end of the first phase of the airport's $8 billion O'Hare Modernization Program.

According to Chicago Department of Aviation officials the new runway should cut delays at the airport in half. That's good news considering that only about 67 percent of flight taking off from the airport over the last seven months  were on time. That ranks O'Hare last in on-time departures of the 29 busiest U.S. airports.

As Skift points out, easing air traffic at O'Hare isn't just good news for travelers to and from Chicago but for travelers around the U.S.:

What happens at O'Hare reverberates throughout the country, and that's why a new runway at that airport could help ease congestion from time to tome around the nation.

Photo: Flickr/ellenm1

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter.

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