Durbin, in a press release, mentioned he received his knowledge from the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration, which is accountable for screening passengers and extra on the nation’s airports.
Halfway has been affected simply as a lot, with flights down 53 p.c.
Chicago Division of Aviation officers have declined to launch any knowledge in current days regardless of quite a few requests, saying they’re ready for official figures to be compiled.
Durbin additionally reported he met with officers from American Airways, one in every of O’Hare’s two dominant carriers, to debate the scenario. The federal stimulus invoice makes $61 billion in grants and loans out there to the carriers, however a lot of it comes with strings, together with that staff have to stay on the payroll and that the federal authorities in some circumstances will probably be granted the chance to amass an fairness stake in bailed-out firms.
O’Hare will be capable to apply for a portion—reportedly round $100 million—of support being made out there to the nation’s airports within the $2.2 trillion federal spending invoice handed final week. However the airport wants regular money stream to pay for the continued $8.5 billion terminal enlargement and modernization challenge.
Correction: Fewer than 200,000 passengers a day are actually passing by airports nationwide in comparison with 2.5 million per day a yr in the past. An earlier model of this story incorrectly attributed these figures to O’Hare alone.