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New Yorkers are quick to complain about the poor state of LaGuardia and Newark airports, but take a walk through Chicago O’Hare’s international terminal and you’ll quickly see who’s got it worse. T5, or the international terminal of Chicago O’Hare, is designed for a generation past. Hallways are narrow, leaving little room for passengers to walk around the terminal and there’s little space for queuing, let alone enough room for decent lounges or airport stores. In short, it’s suffocating.
That’s why it’s welcome news to hear that the City of Chicago is planning to expand T5. Announced by Mayor Emmanuel on Friday, the plan is to expand the international terminal by 25 percent, adding nine new gates, while additions to Terminal 2, now home to a mishmash of smaller airlines, are also under consideration.
According to the Sun-Times, planning should be wrapped up in 2017, which means that construction may last well into the next decade — but hey, at least change is afoot.
SOCIAL QUOTE OF THE DAY
We appear to be taxiing to our gate at O’Hare via Schaumburg. This airport is absurdly huge.
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