CHICAGO – Midway International Airport on Chicago’s southwest side is notorious for its long security lines and hectic atmosphere. Its proximity to Chicago causes it to be one of the busier airports in the nation, making it a focal point in State Senator Martin Sandoval’s (D-Chicago) district. According to reports, Midway will soon be getting a major facelift thanks to a $240 million renovation project taking place over the next few years.
“Anyone who has flown out of Midway knows that it is incredibly busy, and just waiting in line can take hours,” Sandoval said. “These renovations are going to really help those who are travelling through the airport, as well as my local community. From this plan, we can expect over 1,000 new construction jobs as well as hundreds of customer service positions to fill the new restaurants and stores that will be opening.”
Under the plan, the airport will be increasing the number of security checkpoint lines to 27 from 17. The current layout of the airport forces a wide lane of traveler traffic to condense into many different smaller lanes, which increases the wait time. It will also be adding a significant amount of concessions and storefronts to the terminals and main food court. Furthermore, the capacity of the parking garage will be increased by approximately 1,000 spaces by adding four new levels.
The city will begin accepting bids for the project later this year, and will start advancing the proposal through the City Council in 2016.