Lipinski Applauds Agreement to Expand Capacity at O'Hare Airport, Vows to Continue Working to Reduce Delays

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) issued the following statement regarding the agreement reached by the City of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and American Airlines and United Airlines to enable new runway construction at O’Hare International Airport.

“I am extremely pleased that all sides were able to come together to reach a mutually satisfactory and beneficial agreement that will allow the modernization of O’Hare to move forward,” Congressman Lipinski said. “Ensuring that O’Hare functions at an extremely high level and is prepared for future air traffic growth is essential for the vitality of the Chicagoland economy, job creation, and the competitiveness of countless area businesses, both small and large. When the leaders of United and Continental Airlines appeared before the Aviation Subcommittee of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee last year, I pressed them on their commitment to O’Hare modernization, and the subcommittee was assured of their support for runway expansion. This agreement is thus a welcome step in the right direction. I trust that when the time comes to discuss proceeding with further runway expansion, the agreement announced today will furnish a precedent that helps all parties to work together for the good of O’Hare, our region, air travelers, and America’s aviation system as a whole. I also believe we must continue to promote other efforts that will expand capacity at both O’Hare and Midway Airports, including the Next Generation Air Transportation project, which will modernize our air traffic control system using GPS technology and reduce conflicts between O’Hare and Midway that lead to delays. I look forward to continuing to work to make sure Chicago maintains its status as the central hub in America’s aviation and transportation network.”

(March 14, 2011)


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