Commissioning O'Hare's Fourth New Runway - Runway 9C/27C
Since 2001, then-Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago embarked on an ambitious program to reconfigure O’Hare’s airfield by creating an efficient and reliable system of runways that would
support airport growth for decades to come – the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). So far the OMP has successfully delivered three new runways and extended another one, built multiple facilities
in support of airfield development, and is commissioning O’Hare’s fourth new runway – Runway 9C/27C.
This two-mile-long runway is the final new-build runway of the $6 billion OMP, the historic airfield reconfiguration project that set out to improve the airport’s capacity, efficiency, and
reliability in all weather conditions. It will become O’Hare’s second-longest and will provide a balance between flight activity using the north and south airfields as well as noise exposure
among communities to the east and west of O’Hare.
With this runway completed and work progressing on the Runway 9R Extension — the final runway component of the OMP — the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and its airline partners are
diligently planning the O’Hare 21 terminal redevelopment program, which will totally reimagine the traveler experience and replace aging facilities to better secure Chicago’s future as the nation’s
leading transportation hub.
Please view our virtual commissioning video on this page and see the full press release by clicking here.