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  • American Airlines Group Inc. signage is displayed Friday during a media event to inaugurate the company’s Hong Kong-Dallas route at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong.

    Security fee on airline tickets set to riseJun 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The proposed changes will be published Friday in the Federal Register and take effect 30 days later.Congress approved higher TSA fees as part of a December budget deal. Despite protests against the TSA’s proposal, Congress dictated that the security fee rise to $5.60.

     
  • Chicago approves borrowing $1.9 billion Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago is entering the bond market since its bond rating was dropped. The Chicago City Council’s finance committee on Monday approved a $1 billion bond issue for Midway International Airport a $900 million general obligation bond.

     
  •  A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive Sunday at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at an airport 7 miles north — with a runway about half the size of the intended destination.

    Pilots grounded after landing at wrong airport Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The pilots of a Southwest Airlines flight that originated at Chicago's Midway Airport and mistakenly landed at the wrong Missouri airport were grounded Monday, less than a day after they touched down at a small airfield that gave them only half as much room as normal to stop the jet.

     
  • Midway Airport experiencing heavy delays Jan 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Passengers on flights at Midway International Airport were stuck on planes for more than four hours due to delays at the airport, NBC 5 Chicago has been reporting.

     
  • State plans upgrades to National Guard centers Nov 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois officials are announcing upgrades costing $3.3 million for three Illinois Army National Guard “readiness centers” in Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn said the repairs to the state-owned buildings will “prolong the life of these facilities and spur the local economies.”

     
  • Failed attempt to take Midway private cost $3.5 million Sep 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    The city of Chicago spent $3.5 million seeking advice on plans to privatize Midway International Airport before pulling the plug on the idea. The Chicago Sun-Times reports money was paid to attorneys, financial advisers, technical and airport consultants. The largest amount, $1.1 million, went to four law firms that usually work on city bond deals.

     
  •  Southwest Airlines passengers watch as one plane waits to takeoff and another lands at Midway International Airport in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has decided not to move forward with plans to lease Midway International Airport.

    Emanuel stops pursuing leasing options at Midway Sep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Citing a lack of competition that wouldn’t benefit taxpayers and travelers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel halted plans to lease Midway International Airport after one of the remaining two bidding groups backed out.

     
  • Southwest jet safely returns after bird strike Sep 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman says a jet carrying 124 people struck a bird shortly after departing for Chicago from a North Carolina airport but safely returned without injuries. The jetliner, which was destined for Midway International, has since been taken out of service for inspection and any necessary repairs.

     
  • Naperville mom helps food allergy sufferers travel safely Jul 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Naperville mom Amy Wicker was determined that her daughter's food allergies were not going to affect their family vacation. That was easier said then done. She spent hours researching food-allergy friendly options on airlines and at vacation destinations, hotels and stops along the way. Now all she, and other parents, have to do is visit AllergySafeTravel.com, a site she started.

     
  • Daily Herald File Photo Midway's air traffic control tower will stay open overnight.

    Midway spared late-night tower closures May 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Late-night fliers bound for Midway International Airport won't have to rely on a wing and a prayer. The Federal Aviation announced it won't close Midway's air control tower overnight, Congressman Dan Lipinski announced.

     
  • Southwest flight diverted to O’Hare after mechanical problem Apr 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Charlotte, N.C. was diverted to O'Hare International Airport instead of Midway late Saturday afternoon after a possible mechanical problem. No one was injured.

     
  •  Looming federal budget cuts mean overnight shifts could be eliminated at 72 control facilities, including airports such as Midway, which sees an average of 50 overnight flights.

    Air traffic tower closures will strip safety net Mar 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    The planned shutdown of up to 238 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own. All pilots are trained to land without help by communicating among themselves on a common radio frequency. But airport directors and pilots say there is little doubt the removal of that second pair of eyes on the ground increases risk.

     
  • The DuPage County Airport in West Chicago could see its tower closed if cuts triggered by the sequester occur.

    Sequester could trigger control tower cuts Mar 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Automatic budget cuts in Washington could mean close calls at suburban airports, flight delays for travelers and postponing a new O'Hare International Airport runway, aviation experts warn. The anticipated furloughs of the majority of the FAA's nearly 47,000 employees, including air traffic controllers, could kick in this April. “My biggest issue is that closing the tower would be a safety issue," said the manager of Waukegan's airport.

     
  • Chicago looks to boost travel through airports Feb 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    The organization created to boost Chicago tourism is getting an additional $5 million to promote access to the city through O'Hare and Midway international airports. Choose Chicago was formed during Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first year in office.

     
  •  Southwest Airlines is one reason Midway Airport had a record number of passengers traveling through it in 2012.

    O’Hare still No. 2, and Midway creeping up Feb 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    2012 was a pretty flat year for America's airlines, new federal figures show. The number of people flying inched up by just 1.4 percent in 2012. Midway Airport was humming, however, while O'Hare is still second-busiest.

     
  • Daily Herald File Photo Improvements to Midway in the 2000s transformed the airport.

    Durbin wants cash payback before privatizing Midway Jan 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Are there unfriendly skies between U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over privatizing Midway Airport? Durbin has urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to think carefullly before putting the private sector in charge.

     
  • FAA OKs request to privatize Midway Jan 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Federal authorities have given a green light to Chicago to press ahead with plans to privatize Midway International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says Friday in a statement that the city "can take the next steps to select a private airport operator" after the agency accepted a preliminary application to privatize Chicago's second-largest airport.

     
  • Midway International Airport was dedicated in 1927 and is home to the Chicago operations of Southwest Airlines Co. The facility handled about 16.4 million passengers in 2012 through October.

    Chicago to explore leasing Midway airport Dec 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Chicago plans to explore leasing Midway International Airport and would proceed with a deal only if a transaction would benefit taxpayers and travelers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. The decision by Emanuel, who has criticized a 75-year lease of the city's parking-meter system pushed by his predecessor, Richard M. Daley, revives an idea that died in 2009.

     
  • Mundelein resident Jay Stein clears the snow from his car window at the Mundelein Metra train station as snow fell for the first time this winter in Lake County Thursday.

    Hundreds of flights canceled as snow starts Dec 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    A winter storm warning is now in effect until 3 a.m. Friday. People living in the North and West suburbs can expect to see between 2 and 4 inches of snow, meteorologists said. Worse, though, will be the gusting winds that could top out at about 60 mph, officials said. U.S. airlines have scuttled more than 1,000 flights, hobbling travel just as airports prepare for the peak of the pre-Christmas rush.

     
  • Southwest baggage handler charged with laptop thefts Aug 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    A baggage handler at Midway International Airport faces charges of stealing laptops from passengers.

     
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