CHICAGO (CBS) — A new runway was christened at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday, the fifth east-west parallel runway at the big airport.
Runway 10R/28L at the south end of the airfield cost $516 million. Some local officials said it won’t be used enough to justify the cost, and complained it will bring flight noise over new neighborhoods, but deputy FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker said it would improve overall air traffic flow at O’Hare.
“With this new runway, and this is a really important feature of this, the hourly arrival rate for the airport’s east flow will be equal to the west flow, so when the wind changes in Chicago – which it does – we won’t lose any efficiency. So those delays that happen from that particular weather will be eliminated,” he said.