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Chicago O'Hare International Airport opens new runway

18-Oct-2013 2:10 PM

US' Chicago O'Hare International Airport opened (17-Oct-2013) its new runway (10C-28C), as confirmed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The USD1.3 billion runway measures 10,800ft (3292m) by 200ft (61m) and is the airport's fourth east-west runway. The new runway is estimated to create USD4 billion in new economic activity, as well as almost 50,000 jobs. Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner Rosemarie S Andolino said: "Today, we begin a new chapter for O’Hare as a more efficient, modernized airport of the future. The opening of Runway 10C-28C is an historic event for Chicago, O’Hare and the O’Hare Modernisation Programme. We would not be here without the support of the Federal Aviation Administration, our airline partners United Airlines and American Airlines, elected officials, as well as many labour, business and civic leaders." [more - original PR]