FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control center

  • Dennis McCormack of Rockaway, N.J. checks the departure board Friday only to find out that his flight to Newark, N.J. has been canceled at O'Hare International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week.

    Dennis McCormack of Rockaway, N.J. checks the departure board Friday only to find out that his flight to Newark, N.J. has been canceled at O'Hare International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week. associated press

 
Associated Press
Updated 9/30/2014 8:46 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week.

The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

 

Authorities say a contract employee started a fire Friday at regional control center in suburban Aurora and then attempted to commit suicide. More than 2,000 flights were canceled that day at O'Hare and Midway international airports, disrupting travel nationwide.

About 600 flights were canceled at the airports Sunday, and delays were about a half-hour.

The FAA said crews are working to install replacement equipment. Air traffic controllers from Aurora are now at other FAA offices in the Midwest.

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