O’Hare remained the nation’s busiest airport yesterday for the seventh straight day, with more than 103 percent of the two-month average number of arrivals and departures for a Saturday.
The number of Midway flights topped 100 percent of the two-month average. At noon CDT today, flights at O’Hare were operating at more than 97 percent of the two-month average, and Midway flights were running above 90 percent of the two-month average.
The FAA has successfully tested and restored all of the critical systems and equipment at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, IL and is moving forward with the planned transition to full operations at the facility tonight. Overnight, the FAA will gradually transition flight plan information, communications and airspace back to Chicago Center. The FAA is working closely with domestic and international airlines to make sure they have all the necessary information to ensure a smooth transition.
The FAA continues to monitor deteriorating weather conditions forecast for the Chicago area and is working with all the airspace users to manage air traffic as safely and efficiently as possible.