WBEZ | airports http://www.wbez.org/tags/airports Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois will invest $9 million in 19 airports http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-will-invest-9-million-19-airports-105114 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/xlibber_flickr_airplane.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The state of Illinois will invest $9 million in infrastructure improvements at 19 airports. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the investment Wednesday. He says maintaining and improving the facilities is necessary to ensure the safety of airport workers and meet the needs of travelers.</p><p>Quinn says the project will generate hundreds of jobs. It is funded by $7.3 million from Illinois Jobs Now, a multibillion-dollar building initiative Quinn signed into law in 2009. Another $1.6 million will come from local funds.</p><p>The improvement projects include the rehabilitation of a terminal and some taxiways, aircraft parking ramps and changes to major parking lots.</p><p>The state&#39;s aviation system includes nearly 80 publicly owned airports. A recent local economic impact study found the system injects more than $40.9 billion annually to local economies.</p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-will-invest-9-million-19-airports-105114 Midway ranks last in on-time departures http://www.wbez.org/story/airports/midway-ranks-last-time-departures <p><p>Chicago's Midway International Airport is ranked dead last among the 29 busiest airports in the nation in on-time departures. That's according to new statistics from the Department of Transportation for the month of November.</p><p>Joe Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University, said, &quot;Midway's feeling the pain of just growing volumes, and Southwest (Airlines) is increasingly running it as a hub. It's the second largest airport in the Southwest system. So they face the problem of having to hold flights often for late-arriving flights. So one late-arriving flight can delay a half a dozen departing flights. It's a real problem.&quot;</p><p>Schwieterman said Southwest has a &quot;massive East Coast operation.&quot; And he said the East Coast had terrible weather in November which led to some delays.<br /><br />Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said the department is not aware of any operational issues at the airport causing delays, other than occasional bad weather.<br /><br />O'Hare International Airport was 10th in on-time departures in November. Both O'Hare and Midway ranked in the middle-of-the-pack among airports in on-time arrivals for the month.</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/airports/midway-ranks-last-time-departures