On October 17, 2013 Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport opened a new runway. City officials are optimistic that the additional runway will reduce delays at the notoriously delay-prone airport by as much as 50 percent and allow 90,000 additional flights per year.
Only about 67 percent of departures at O’Hare were on time in the 6 months ending July, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
The 10,800-foot (3,292-meter) runway is part of the airport’s ongoing $8 billion modernization project. The new 10C-28C runway is 200 feet wide and can handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380.
In good weather, up to 150 planes will be able to take off from the runway in only one hour, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Two more parallel runways will be added to the airport in the future. O’Hare will have a total of six east-west parallel runways and two “crosswind” runways when the modernization project is complete.