Chicago O’Hare International Airport (USA)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD, ICAO: KORD and FAA LID: ORD) is located some 27 km toward the northwestern part of Chicago City. Known locally simply as O’Hare, it is the main airport that serves Chicago are and the larger Illinois State. The other nearby airport is Chicago Midway International Airport located 16 km away that serves low-cost airlines. O’Hare happens to be the second largest passenger hub for United Airlines and United Express after George Bush Intercontinental Airport located in Houston. The airport is also the second largest passenger hub for American Airlines after Fort Worth International Airport located in Dallas.
Chicago International Airport enjoyed the reputation of being the busiest international airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic until 2005 when it was overtaken by Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. It however still retains the reputation of being the busiest international airport in terms of aircraft movement, handling about 2,450 aircraft’s per day. The airport has four passenger terminals, nine concourses and 182 gates.
With two concourses (B and C), Terminal 1 is reserved for United Airlines, United Express and a few other airlines for both domestic and international flights. International passengers arriving at the terminal disembark at terminal 5 before the aircraft is towed to Terminal 1. This is because Terminal 1 does not have customs operations. Terminal 2 is mainly used by Air Canada and Delta Airlines for domestic flights and a few international flights. Terminal 2 has two concourses with a total of 42 gates.
Terminal 3 is reserved for all American Airlines, US Airways and Oneworld alliance carriers including Iberia, Qatar, Japan and Air Berlin Airlines. The terminal has a total of four concourses. International Terminal 5 is reserved for all international flights. It is at Terminal 5 where many airline lounges are to be found including Aer Lingus, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Korean Air and Scandinavian Airline lounges.