(The following press release from the Chicago Department of Aviation was received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.) NEARLY 2.4 MILLION PASSENGERS EXPECTED TO TRAVEL TH ROUGH CHICAGO’S AIRPORTS DURING CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY PERIOD CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) anticipates that an estimated 2.4 million passengers will travel through Chicago’s airports for the holiday travel period beginning Friday, December 21, 2012 through Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The busiest travel day at both airports is projected to be Friday, December 21, with an estimated 200,000 passengers at O’Hare and nearly 66,000 passengers at Midway. “We are pleased to welcome millions of travelers at Chicago’s airports for the holidays," said CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. “The CDA and its airport partners are ready to provide a safe, efficient and festive travel experience for the millions of passengers that will fly through O’Hare and Midway International Airports.” The CDA will continue to host live entertainment at both airports, including choirs and other musical performances through Friday, December 21. Performances will be held at O’Hare stages beyond the security checkpoints in Terminals 2 and 3, in the baggage claim area of Terminal 1 and in the Arrivals Level of International Terminal 5. Entertainment at Midway will take place in the Baggage Claim area. Members of the internationally-renowned Rockettes will be available for photographs in the ticketing area of Terminal 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012. Free gift-wrapping services will also continue to be offered by the CDA at both airports through Friday, December 21. Gift-wrapping is available past security in each domestic terminal at O’Hare from noon to 5 p.m. and in the food court at Midway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers at Midway will offer complimentary hot cocoa to travelers on the evenings of Friday, December 21 and Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The USO of Illinois Centers at both O’Hare and Midway will provide military personnel and their families with a place to relax, enjoy a snack, check e-mail and readjust to life before returning home or being deployed. The O’Hare USO Center is located in Terminal 2 on the mezzanine level. USO staff will operate hospitality tables, with baked goods and bottled water for military personnel, on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22. The USO at O’Hare also operates a Cyber Canteen in Terminal 3. The Midway USO Center is located in Concourse C. All USO Centers will remain open throughout the holiday period. For more information on airport parking, ground transportation, maps, and passenger services and amenities for O’Hare and Midway International Airports, please visit www.FlyChicago.com<http://www.flychicago.com/>. The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is self-supporting, using no local or state tax dollars for operations or capital improvements at O’Hare and Midway International airports. Together, Chicago’s airports generate more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. Please visit www.flychicago.com<http://www.flychicago.com/> to learn more about the Chicago Department of Aviation. Chicago Department of Aviation Media Relations Office Email: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> (rml) NY
CHICAGO SEES ABOUT 2.4M AIRPORT PASSENGERS DURING HOLIDAYS
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