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August 29, 2014

More Than 1.2 Million Passengers Anticipated at Chicago's Airport During Labor Day Weekend

Busy Summer Travel Season Draws to a Close at O'Hare and Midway

CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is ready to welcome more than 1.2 million passengers at O'Hare and Midway International Airports over a five-day travel period covering Labor Day weekend that begins on Friday, August 29 and runs through Tuesday, September 2.

At O'Hare, airlines project that more than 950,000 passengers will travel over the holiday. That number is a five percent increase compared to the same period in 2013. Friday, August 29 is anticipated to be O'Hare's busiest day with about 225,000 passengers.

Airlines at Midway also expect a five percent increase in passenger volume compared with 2013, with nearly 320,000 passengers over the holiday weekend. The busiest day at Midway is also projected to be Friday, August 29, with more than 74,000 passengers traveling.

"On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the CDA and all of its airport partners, we welcome the large number of travelers to Chicago's airport over this holiday weekend," said CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. "We are ready to provide 'best in class' service to them and showcase all that our airports and our city have to offer." 

On Friday, August 29, a variety of live entertainment will take place on stages at both airports from 2-5 p.m.

At Midway, Airport Ambassadors will offer complimentary lemonade to travelers Friday, August 29 and on Tuesday, September 2.