Runway 9C-27C Virtual Commissioning

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.


Messages From:

City of Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin