Chicago Airport Take-offs Take Downturn

O'Hare traffic hit 15-year low in 2008

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009  |  Updated 2:30 PM CDT
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Chicago Airport Take-offs Take Downturn

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An FAA report indicates traffic at Chicago's O'Hare Airport has hit a 15-year low.

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Stocks are down. Home sales are down. And now, air traffic is down too.

The Federal Aviation Administration released data today showing traffic at O'Hare International Airport has hit a 15-year low.  Review data here.
 
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.

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