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ORD $8.5B Expansion

New Terminal Area Plan (TAP) increases square footage by 75 percent

February 26, 2018

Crain's Chicago Business reports a $8.54 billion deal will likely be presented in the Chicago City council this week for a massive expansion of O'Hare International Airport.

The report says three million square feet of passenger area will be added. Total terminal space would expand from the current 4.3 million square feet to 7.4 million.

More new gates will be added to accommodate United and American Airlines, also giving new slots to discount carriers who have been asking for more room.

Terminal 2, now used by American and United, would be demolished and replaced by a new Global Terminal complete with its own customs facility. The Global facility will accommodate the larger aircraft used for long-distance international flights. It will also locate American and United's partner carriers in one terminal for easier connections.

Two satellite concourses would be built to the west of existing terminals and be connected to the Global Terminal via tunnels and underground walkways. New concourses would be 150 feet wide, dramatically larger than current ones. Terminals 1, 3 and 5 would get architectural upgrades. Passenger amenities would get a boost, with United and American opening 50,000-square-foot club lounges in the new Global Terminal.

The Chicago Tribune says some non-hub domestic and international carriers will be relocated to Terminal 5, currently the international terminal.

Total linear frontage for aircrafts parking would increase 25 percent, making room for up to 35 more planes, bring the number of spots jets can load and unload passengers to about 220.

An employee parking lot with security facilities would be built on the western edge of O'Hare.

Expanding O'Hare has been part of the political landscape in Chicago for decades. For a good overview of how the plan is finally coming together, read The Trib's  article here:

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