Durbin, Duckworth, Lipinski Announce More Than $65 Million For Chicago Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), has awarded O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport grants totaling $65,276,900. O’Hare International Airport will receive $65 million to support runway construction and Midway International Airport will receive $276,900 to conduct a noise compatibility plan study.

“This is great news for residents and travelers flying in and out of Chicago’s airports,” Durbin said. “These federal investments will allow O’Hare and Midway to continue serving passengers safely and effectively, and also ensure that they remain good neighbors to the communities that surround them.”

“This investment will enhance safety and operations at Chicago airports by improving runways at O’Hare International Airport and facilitate a noise compatibility plan study at Midway International Airport,” Duckworth said. “This funding will also help ensure that Chicago airports have the necessary resources to improve the consumer experience and support local job growth. Senator Durbin and I will continue to advocate for funding that results in safer, more reliable airports and spurs economic development across the region.”

“Chicago’s airports play a vital role in boosting the local economy and maintaining the city’s reputation as a world-class tourist destination,” Lipinski said. “This funding accomplishes two goals – it improves the travel experience for the airports’ passengers, and it responds to the concerns of local residents. I will continue to advocate for airport improvements as well as noise abatement solutions, especially for my constituents who live near Midway.”

O’Hare will receive $20 million to support the construction of Runway 10C in the south airfield and $45 million for Runway 9C in the north airfield.