O’Hare International Airport

Chicago O’Hare International Airport , also known as O’Hare Airport, O’Hare Field, Chicago International Airport, or simply O’Hare, is a major airport located in the northwestern-most corner of Chicago, Illinois, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. It is the primary airport serving the Chicago area, with Chicago Midway International Airport, about 10 miles (16 km) closer to the Loop, serving as a secondary airport for low-cost carriers.

O’Hare is the second largest passenger carrying hub for United Airlines (including United Express) after Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport carrying 15.3 million passengers annually. O’Hare is United’s largest hub by number of flights, operating a total of 585 flights daily.[7] United is also the largest airline at O’Hare, carrying over 45% of all passengers passing through the airport. American Airlines (including American Eagle) has the second largest operation at O’Hare, carrying 37.08% of passengers. O’Hare is American Airlines’ second-largest hub, after Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.[8] O’Hare is also a hub for regional carrier Air Choice One as well as a focus city for Frontier Airlines[1] and Spirit Airlines.[2]

Until 2005, O’Hare was the world’s busiest airport in number of takeoffs and landings. Until 1998, O’Hare was the busiest airport in the world in number of passengers. Mainly due to limits imposed on the airport by the federal government to reduce flight delays,[9] Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport became the busiest by the former metric in 2005. O’Hare is the world’s second busiest airport in aircraft movements. In 2008, the airport had 881,566 aircraft operations, an average of 2,409 per day (64% scheduled commercial, 33% air taxi, 3% general aviation and 1% military).[4] O’Hare is the fifth busiest airport in the world (after Atlanta, Beijing Capital International Airport, London Heathrow Airport and Tokyo Haneda Airport) with 66,633,503 passengers passing through the airport in 2012, a −0.1% change from 2011.[6] O’Hare has a strong international presence, with flights to more than 60 foreign destinations. In 2012, it was the fifth busiest international gateway in the United States behind John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

O’Hare has been voted the “Best Airport in North America” for 10 years by two separate sources: Readers of the U.S. Edition of Business Traveler Magazine (1998–2003) and Global Traveler Magazine (2004–2007).[10] Travel and Leisure magazine’s 2009 “America’s Favorite Cities” ranked Chicago’s Airport System (O’Hare and Midway) the second-worst for delays, New York City’s airport system (JFK, Newark Liberty, and LaGuardia) being the first.[11] O’Hare currently accounts for over a sixth of the nation’s total flight cancellations.[12]

It is operated by the City of Chicago Department of Aviation. Most of O’Hare Airport is in Cook County, but a section of the southwest part of the airport is in DuPage County. The Cook County portion is located within a section of the City of Chicago contiguously connected to the rest of the city via a narrow strip of land about 200 ft (61 m) wide, running along Foster Avenue, from the Des Plaines River to the airport.[13][14] This land was annexed into the city limits in the 1950s to assure the massive tax revenues associated with the airport would go to the city. The strip is bounded on the north by Rosemont and the south by Schiller Park.[15]

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