FAA approves construction of new terminal at O’Hare Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the final regulatory approval to construct a new passenger terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

To commemorate the approval, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined local, state, and federal officials at ORD airport on November 21, 2022.

“Chicago’s transportation infrastructure is what makes this city an economic powerhouse of global importance,” Buttigieg said in a statement.

“Now, as we prepare to break ground on O’Hare’s newest terminal, Chicago and this entire region will be positioned to grow and create good-paying jobs through the benefits of first-rate infrastructure, beginning with the construction project itself,” Buttigieg added.

The FAA’s review process began in 2018 and consisted of a technical review of the environmental impact of the Terminal Area Plan (TAP). The review is a common requirement by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for large airport capital projects. 

The FAA concluded that proposed construction projects and changes to air traffic procedures will not significantly affect any environmental resources, including noise, air quality, water resources, and historic sites.  

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2023.

 

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