CHICAGO O’HARE was once the world’s busiest airport. It held that title for three decades and became one of the great American infrastructure projects of the early Jet Age.
But in recent years it’s hit a bit of turbulence. Though it still attracts more than 80 million passengers in a normal year, most of those people probably don’t have this down as their favourite place to fly from.
Delays, congestion and a lack of amenities are common complaints and since the late 1990s the place has begun to feel more than a bit … tired.
But that’s all about to change as O’Hare embarks on a multi-billion-dollar transformation, a megaproject that’ll give this aviation landmark a much-needed lift.
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Narrator: Fred Mills
Producer: Adam Savage
Video Editing and Graphics: Jim Casey
Executive Producers: Fred Mills and Graham MacAree
Content Partnership: Liam Marsh
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