(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
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
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
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
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