CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Department of Aviation says 2012 was a record
year for Midway International Airport.
About 9.67 million passengers boarded planes at Midway last year. The
Chicago Sun-Times reports that’s the most passengers in Midway’s 85-year
The passenger count is up 1.8 percent from the previous high eight years
earlier. The city says the increase is mostly due to the fact that more
flights took off from Midway last year.
The increased traffic comes as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is exploring plans
to privatize Midway. That’s drawn some criticism. Last week, U.S. Sen. Dick
Durbin said the city of Chicago should repay the $378 million in federal
funds spent to update Midway if officials decide to sell or lease it.