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United Airlines to invest $27m in Chicago O’Hare International Airport

United Airlines has announced that it will invest millions of dollars in facilities upgrades at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including new passenger loading bridges, an upgraded passenger lounge and an improved baggage handling facility.

United will invest US$13 million (£8.4 million) in the installation of passenger loading bridges at United Express gates in Terminal 2 that will allow passengers to board regional aircraft directly from the terminal. Construction on this project began in May and the first gates will be finished by mid-July. All 10 gates will be ready by mid-2013.

The second investment by the airline will be the construction of a US$10 million (£6.4 million) United Club at Terminal 2. The passenger lounge will measure 12,500ft2 and will triple the size of the existing club in the terminal. It will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.

United also announced plans to provide operational and security upgrades to the Terminal 1 Concourse B inline baggage system at O’Hare in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). United will invest US$2 million (£1.2 million) in this US$19.5 million (£12.6 million) project, with the TSA providing the rest of the funding.

The final investment by the airline is the construction of a medical clinic for its employees at O'Hare. The clinic will allow employees to get medical attention as well as routine check-ups and emergency care. The project is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2012 at a cost of US$2 million (£1.2 million).

"These critical investments will make O'Hare a more modern, competitive airport for our residents," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "We continue to work to attract visitors and facilitate travel to and from Chicago, and these improvements by United will help us in this important mission."

"We applaud the new and enhanced amenities and services that United Airlines is adding to O'Hare for both its passengers and its employees," said Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. "Providing a world-class experience to our customers while focusing on safety and security have always been high priorities for the Chicago Department of Aviation. We're pleased to work with our partner United Airlines in making the investments and upgrades necessary to achieve those goals."

The airline is also launching five new international and domestic air service routes from the airport that will all be operational by February 2013.

Picture: Terminal 1 Concourse B. Photo courtesy – Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)/ms

July 12, 2012


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