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O'Hare Gets A Flight Cap

By vouchey in News on Aug 18, 2004 8:52PM

Airplane's View of O'Hare AirportFly through O'Hare recently? It's miserable. Even worse when there's a major storm system somewhere in the US. Recognizing the problem, Transporation Secretary Norm Mineta called airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration and others together to set a cap on the number of flights going in and out of O'Hare every day. The voluntary cap, announced yesterday, of no more than 86 flights per hour reduces the number of flights by about 60 a day.

The cuts, although seemingly nominal to Chicagoist, are supposed to make a difference with overall on-time performance. We'll see.

A side effect of the crowding at O'Hare is that it has made other airports increasingly attractive. So, as a public service, we at Chicagoist thought we'd list some of the more intriguing offerings outside of O'Hare: