Chicago Airport Take-offs Take Downturn
O'Hare traffic hit 15-year low in 2008
An FAA report indicates traffic at Chicago's O'Hare Airport has hit a 15-year low.
Stocks are down. Home sales are down. And now, air traffic is down too.
After peaking in 2004 with over 992,000 takeoffs and landings, O'Hare saw only 881,566 operations in 2008. That's a near-5% decline over 2007.
Things were no better at Chicago's Midway Airport. Midway also hit its peak in 2004. But last year, the airport saw only 266,341 operations, a decline of 12.6% over 2007.