Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino.
Andolino will give a luncheon presentation on “Investing in Airports During Tough Economic Times: Chicago Leads the Way” at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th & K Streets NW. Event check-in starts at noon and the program is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. local time.
Andolino, who was appointed Commissioner in 2009, is responsible for the management and operation of O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW). O’Hare International is the second-busiest airport in the world with more than 875,000 operations and nearly 67 million passengers in 2011. Midway International, also known as the world’s busiest square mile, is the nation’s premier value-fare airport for point-to-point service. There were more than 255,000 operations and 18.8 million passengers at Midway in 2011, a 7 percent increase over 2010.
Andolino is also charged with implementing the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), which reconfigures O’Hare’s intersecting runways into a modern, parallel configuration to increase the airport’s efficiency and capacity well into the future. Under her leadership since 2003, three major projects have been completed on the OMP, including a new runway, an extension to O’Hare’s busiest runway and a new air traffic control tower. All three projects opened on or ahead of schedule, and nearly $40 million under budget.
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