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Chicago’s Airports Set New Records for Passengers, Cargo

The city’s airports set new records in 2018 for passenger and cargo traffic, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). Separately, new data from the Federal Aviation Administration shows that O’Hare International Airport edged out Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson for arrivals and departures: 903,747 last year for O’Hare’s first top-ranking since 2014.

CDA said O’Hare and Midway International accommodated more than 105 million passengers in 2018, a new record. O’Hare’s 1.87 million metric tons of cargo also represented a new regional high.

“Chicago is proud to be the home of the best-connected airport in the U.S., and now the busiest airport for total flights, as well,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The record number of passengers in 2018 is a testament to the investments we are making to build Chicago’s aviation future.”

O’Hare was recently named best-connected airport in the nation, and the second-most connected in the world after London-Heathrow.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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