Midway adjusts after employees test positive for virus

Posted3/18/2020 11:47 AM

The air traffic control tower at Midway Airport was temporarily shut down Tuesday after multiple employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

"Earlier today, several technicians at the facility tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," the FAA said in a statement. "The airport remains open and operations will continue at a reduced rate until the situation is resolved."


The Chicago Department of Aviation said that flights were operating on a "one-in-one-out" basis.

Though average delays at Midway were less than 15 minutes as late Tuesday, the airport has already seen over 180 cancellations, according to the CDA.

"The air traffic system is a resilient system with multiple backups in place," the FAA said.

"This shift is a regular execution of a longstanding contingency plan to ensure continued operations. Each facility across the country has a similar plan that has been updated and tested in recent years."

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