Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Division of Aviation (CDA) Rejoice the O’Hare Modernization Application (OMP)

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori Lightfoot today joined the Chicago Division of Aviation (CDA), government officials and airline executives at O’Hare Worldwide Airport to mark the completion of building for the O’Hare Modernization System (OMP), concluding the 16-yr, $6 billion investment that transforms the airfield into a modern configuration, reduces delays and paves the way for future terminal redevelopment. 

“The OMP is a great financial commitment in the two our airport infrastructure and economic system, as it will guidance job generation, catalyze financial expansion and develop business enterprise alternatives across our communities,” explained Mayor Lightfoot. “Many thanks to this task, which functions eight accomplished runways, we will be ready to lower delays and raise O’Hare’s efficiency—allowing us to build on the airport’s popularity as one of the greatest in the region. I want to thank all of the governing administration, aviation, contracting and labor associates who created the OMP achievable and look ahead to seeing how it continues to bolster our city’s post-pandemic financial recovery.”

The OMP reconfigures the antiquated runway process into a sequence of parallel (east-west) runways that increase runway potential at a single of the world’s busiest airports. Since the beginning of OMP, process impression delays – which are the controllable delays to plane that are a consequence of infrastructure constraints in the countrywide system – have been lessened by 64% when comparing 2003-2008 to 2009-2020.

“Thanks to the great guidance of participating federal agencies and our air carrier companions, the CDA was able to accomplish one of the greatest runway reconfiguration projects in the globe, said Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner for the Chicago Section of Aviation. “The $6 billion invested in O’Hare’s airfield has led to the generation of tens of 1000’s of jobs and perform for various enterprises of all dimensions.”

The sixteen a long time of steady OMP growth incorporated the building of 4 new runways, the extensions to two present runways, the setting up of two new airport visitors manage towers and the relocation of quite a few facilities at O’Hare Worldwide Airport. The most modern task extends Runway 9R-27L by approximately 3,290 feet to make it 11,260 feet and the second-longest runway on the O’Hare airfield. This follows the thriving shipping of other key OMP runway tasks together with:


  • Extension of Runway 10L/28R (September 25, 2008) 
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  • New Runway 9L/27R (November 20, 2008) 
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  • New Runway 10C/28C (October 17, 2013) 
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  • New Runway 10R/28L (Oct 15, 2015)
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  • New Runway 9C-27C (November 5, 2020)
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  • 3 crosswind runways (14L/32R, 14R/32L and 18/36) have been also decommissioned above the previously mentioned timeframe as aspect of this hard work
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“This overhaul has been years—and about two-and-a-half billion federal dollars—in the producing. Nowadays, we can finally rejoice the new-and-improved O’Hare Worldwide Airport,” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin stated. “By investing in improved gateway capacity, up-to-date screening technological know-how, and minimized airfield congestion, the O’Hare Modernization Program will enable safe Chicago’s standing as one of the most important transportation hubs in the globe.  This plan has the opportunity to create tens of countless numbers of employment in the Chicagoland place around the future various years and lead tens of billions of bucks to our state’s economic system.”

“Investments like the O’Hare Modernization Program and the ongoing O’Hare 21 Plan are significant to keeping Chicago a environment class town, America’s transit hub, and providing superior work opportunities to performing class Latino and Black communities like the types I characterize in Chicago,” said U.S. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García. “I have been a winner for O’Hare Global Airport considering the fact that my time on the City Council and will preserve up the battle in Congress for enhanced investments in our town and its workers.” 

“I was grateful for the possibility to aid celebrate the completion of the O’Hare Modernization Program’s runway tasks, which are a vital step ahead for the total O’Hare21 system, “ reported U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “O’Hare21 will give a robust basis for our region’s ongoing leadership in the worldwide economy. The O’Hare Modernization Project’s runway enhancements and the other things of O’Hare21 will provide the greater capacity and efficiency we require to improve our area, produce excellent-shelling out work, and improve the day-to-day life of all our communities.”

To commemorate the accomplishment, a established of murals have been painted by teens at the Summer months Kickback party that was held final month at Columbus Park as section of To start with Lady Amy Eshleman’s My CHI. My Long term method. The no cost summer time collection related Chicago’s youth with safe and sound and engaging spaces during 15 communities across the south and west sides and featured actions, game titles, food stuff and extra. The murals will go on display at O’Hare. 

These final phases of the OMP are component of the O’Hare 21 capital software – Chicago’s vision for a modern airport that will be an economical and available intercontinental gateway to the globe and to Chicago. Through this $8.5 billion investment, O’Hare will be remodeled from suppress to gate and fulfill the requirements of the traveling general public by means of the 21st century and past. More data on O’Hare 21 is readily available at