October 28, 2019
City officials, federal lawmakers and representatives from United and American Airlines broke ground Friday on the Runway 9R/27L extension at O’Hare International Airport. The $334-million project is the final component of the O’Hare Modernization Program, which was first approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2005, and is separate from the $8.5-billion expansion program enacted by Chicago’s City Council last year.
“O’Hare will now have a 21st century airfield – one that is ever safer and more efficient while providing air traffic control the most flexibility for routing aircraft,” said Aviation Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee.
The 9R/27L extension will add 3,000 feet of length to one of O’Hare’s most heavily-used runways, enabling it to handle increased operations from larger aircraft, including more long-haul departures. It will also help increase departure capacity and continue to balance the airfield between the north and south. It’s scheduled for completion in late 2021.
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