Vacation hype kicks in as Chicago airports brace for busiest weekend in years

Thursday began the busiest period for air travel in Chicago since the start of the pandemic.

Many passengers at O’Hare Airport have added a few extra days to their days off, saying they can’t wait to leave.

Aviation officials said there was a 17 percent increase in travel at O’Hare and nearly 37 percent at Midway Airport compared to last year.


This means that everything will take longer: getting boarding passes, checking luggage, checking security, and just getting to the airport due to construction work on the roads and in the terminal, especially in Terminal 5, where international flights arrive.

Pick-ups and drop-offs are limited.

If you are flying, it is recommended that you arrive at least two hours before your flight.

Travelers go on vacation and visit family on the Fourth of July. It is also a popular driving weekend.

This may even be a record, even taking into account the high price of gasoline.


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