CHICAGO (STMW) — In 2013, Midway International Airport recorded its highest passenger total in its 86-year history.

More than 20 million passengers traveled through the airport last year, according to a release from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The record beats the south side airport’s previous record in 2012 by nearly 5 percent.

“As Midway continues its record-breaking trend serving millions of passengers, it will continue to also serve as a critical component in achieving Chicago’s goal of 55 million visitors a year by 2020 and making Chicago one of the world’s premier tourist destinations,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the release.

The airport’s six airlines, which offer service to 75 destinations, added 12 new destinations in 2013.

“We are looking forward to another positive year at Midway in 2014 as we continue to improve the airport’s infrastructure, and enhance its concessions program, passenger services and amenities,” said Rosemarie Andolino, commissioner at the Chicago Department of Aviation in the release.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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