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Eighth runway given go-ahead at Chicago O’Hare airport

Plans for a further $1.2bn (£800M) extension of Chicago’s O’Hare airport have been agreed by US politicians and airlines.

US transportation secretary Ray LaHood , Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Illinois senators Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk and executives from United Airlines and American Airlines have agreed to press ahead with the O’Hare Modernisation Programme.

The programme, managed by the Chicago Department of Aviation, is one of the largest construction projects in the country at one of the world’s busiest airports.

The first phase of the programme, which is still under construction, includes two new runways, a runway extension, and a new air traffic control tower. 

When the programme is complete, O’Hare will have eight modern runways, reducing flight delays and improving efficiency for travellers throughout the country.

“This is a landmark achievement that will benefit air travelers throughout the entire nation,” said US transportation secretary Ray LaHood.

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