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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
O’Hare’s little sister added 12 new destinations last year suggesting the hub is poised for further growth, especially after the Chicago Mayor boosted the city’s visitor goal by 5 million tourists.
Chicago’s Midway International Airport has set a record for the number of passengers traveling through the facility.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday more than 20 million passengers traveled through Midway in 2013. That’s the highest number in the airport’s 86-year history.
Emanuel calls Midway “a vital part of our city’s strong transportation network.” He says it’s key to creating new jobs for Chicago residents and to making the city a top tourist destination.
Midway added 12 new destinations in 2013, including flights to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
Rosemarie Andolino is commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. She says Midway’s success is due to the commitment of its airlines, particularly Southwest Airlines, which flies to more cities from Chicago than from any other city.
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