12-Jul-2012 10:57 AM

United Airlines expands Chicago O'Hare network, conducting product upgrades at the airport

United Airlines announced (11-Jul-2012) five new international and domestic services from Chicago O'Hare, with the new services to be supported by a new airport lounge, aerobridges in Terminal 2, inline baggage system in Terminal 1 and medical clinic for employees - see Route Changes Table for more information. The new air service includes:

  • Chicago-Monterrey: Daily service effective 19-Dec-2012; 
  • Chicago-Nassau: Weekly (Saturday) peak-season service effective 09-Feb-2013;
  • Chicago-Thunder Bay: Daily service from 14-Feb-2013; 
  • Chicago-Jackson: Daily service effective 04-Dec-2012;
  • Chicago-Anchorage: Daily peak winter service (19-Dec-2012 through 02-Jan-2013) in addition to existing daily summer service.
These new destinations follow United's announcement earlier this year that it will start new daily Chicago-Sarasota service on 04-Nov-2012. The product upgrades at the airport are as follows:
  • Aerobridges: The airline will install new aerobridges at United Express gates in Terminal 2, to support its regional aircraft operations. Total investment in this project will be USD13 million. Construction on these gates started in May-2012. The first gates will be finished by mid Jul-2012 and full completion (10 gates) is expected by mid-2013;
  • United Club: This will be constructed at Terminal 2 and will cover 12,500sqft, triple the size of the existing club in the terminal. This project will be completed in 4Q2012 at a cost of USD10 million;
  • Medical clinic: For the carrier's employees at O'Hare. The project is expected to be completed in 4Q2012, at a cost of USD2 million;
  • Baggage system: United and the US' Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are investing in improvements to the T1, Concourse B Terminal inline baggage system at O'Hare. The project will provide operational and security upgrades to the existing baggage system. The total project cost is USD19.5 million with United contributing USD2 million and the remainder funded by TSA. [more - original PR]

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