ORD looks East; infrastructure improvements underway

Today, Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the second busiest airport in the US, after Hartsfi eld- Jackson Atlanta International Airport. ORD once held the rank of the world’s busiest airport in terms of takeoffs and landings until limits were imposed by the federal government to reduce fl ight delays at ORD. O’Hare currently accounts […]


Today, Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the second busiest airport in the US, after Hartsfi eld- Jackson Atlanta International Airport. ORD once held the rank of the world’s busiest airport in terms of takeoffs and landings until limits were imposed by the federal government to reduce fl ight delays at ORD. O’Hare currently accounts for over a sixth of the nation’stotal fl ight cancellations.

O’Hare was ranked fourth in 2005 of the US’ international gateways, with only JFK, LAX, and MIA serving more foreign destinations. ORD has a strong international presence with fl ights to more than 60 foreign destinations. The Chicago Customs District (CCD) ranks second behind New York in terms of total metric tonnes of air freight. CCD 2006 fi gures indicate a total of 1,024 tonnes of air freight, up 5.8 percentover 2005.

China factors in as a major player. ORD handles 25 percent of all nonstop air service between the US and China. O’Hare was ranked fourth in 2005 of all US international gateways, with only JFK, LAX, and MIA servingmore foreign destinations.

Among the carriers servicing ORD with Asian connections are United Airlines, American Airlines, Air China, Atlas Air, ANA Cargo, Asiana, Cathay Pacifi c, China Airline, China Eastern, China Southern, EVA Air, Evergreen, Korean Air Cargo, JAL Cargo, NWA Cargo, Nippon Cargo, Polar Air Cargo,and Singapore Airlines Cargo.