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Fewer Flights at Chicago's Airports

Travelers may have noticed fewer flights being offered in and out of Chicago’s airports. That’s because record high gas prices are squeezing airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration compared flight numbers for the first six months of this year with the same time last year. Midway’s seen an almost 10 percent drop in the total take-offs and landings. O’Hare saw the biggest drop among the nation’s top five airports, with about 4 percent fewer flights. Karen Pride is a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation.

PRIDE: The airlines are grappling with record high fuel costs and we’re beginning to see the effects of the schedule reductions that the airlines have had to start making because of these high fuel prices.

Pride says ATA and Continental service stopped at Midway, which contributed to its flight reductions. She says the harsh winter also had an affect on airport operations.

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