According to the numbers out of the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport was able to average like 106 landings per hour across its three runways, and that’s an improvement from the 88 that would have been possible with just two operating. All in all it sounds like this might just allow more than 90,000 additional flights to pass through the area per year—let’s just hope they added some restrooms for all those new passengers.
Of course there was a little bit of bad news, as quickly after its debut the new runway had to head into the shop for repairs. Apparently pilots noticed that a couple of lights weren’t working, but after 90 minutes or so things were repaired and the runway was back in business.
So on your next trip to, through, or out of O’Hare things might just go a little bit better. If they don’t you can no longer really blame the airport, but you can still blame the weather and the airlines.