The Chicago O'Hare International Airport is Chicago’s main airport. It is located 17 miles away from the Loop, to the northeast. Chicago, IL has a secondary airport at Midway Airport which is just 10 miles away from the city’s central business district. American Airlines, Air Choice One and United Airlines use ORD as their main hub.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport claimed in 2014 the title of the world’s busiest airport in terms of landings and departures. ORD was before the year 1998 the busiest airport in the world by number of passengers as well, however LAX claimed that crown that year. Perhaps those who want to know more about this airport, would be impressed more by learning that it was chosen as Best Airport in North America for 10 years in a row.
The history of Chicago O'Hare International Airport begins during the World War II and it was meant a manufacturing ground for the Douglas aircrafts. Not many are aware what the acronym ORD - its IATA code - stands for: Orchard Field Airport since Orchard Place, is located near this airport. The first landing at this airport took place in 1953 and it was a forced landing. The F7U Cutlass piloted by LT Harding MacKnight experienced a flameout in the engine. The pilot was instructed to land at O’Hare even though the runway was not prepared to receive any airplanes yet.
Everyone hates to be late, delayed, or having their flight cancelled. Currently, Chicago O'Hare International Airport counts for 20% of the nation’s issues in the flight delays and cancellations department. Those who do manage to take off can fly to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, to name a few general destinations. As a curiosity, Terminal 5 is the place where all international arrivals are serviced, even if the international departure takes place at a different terminal.