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The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) welcomed the City of Chicago Department of Aviation and Regional Airport Managers for updates and frank discussions on how to sustain growth.

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Flights are arriving from New Zealand to Waukegan and other tell-tale signs of an invigorated business aviation market in Chicago were shared by airport managers across the region.  Skip Goss of UGN elaborated on future runway expansion via an overpass on Green Bay Road.  Jamie Abbott of PWK advised of a safety-enhancing re-striping of the runways taking place at the end of June.  Mark Doles shared an update on the 100% fencing project at DPA and the purchase of Pheasant Run golf course by the airport for long term planning. 

Brandt Madsen (Smith Amundsen) and Mark Jackson (Boeing) join Airport Managers Mark Doles (DPA), Skip Goss (UGN) and Jamie Abbott (PWK) for CABAA’s City of Chicago and Airport Managers Presentation at Midway Airport on April 19. 

Duane Hayden of GYY highlighted ongoing infrastructure and aesthetic updates to the airport and celebrated the Gary Jet Center being recognized as Supplier of the Year in the Community Engagement category by The Boeing Company. Gary Jet Center was one of 13 companies honored April 11, 2018 at a gala in Portland, Oregon for distinguished performance in working with Boeing. Gary Jet Center previously was honored with this award in 2013 and 2016.

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While regional airports reported on expansion and opportunity for growth, Susan Kurland, Deputy Commissioner of Air Service Development for O’Hare and Midway outlined the details of the $8.5 Billion O’Hare 21 Expansion. As of 2018, O'Hare is one of just 5 airports in the world offering non-stop service to each of the six inhabited regions of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America

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Managing Deputy Commissioner of Chicago Midway International Airport, Erin O’Donnell, offered exciting updates about the $400M Midway modernization project which will include welcomed expansion to security lanes, increased on-site parking and enhanced dining options.

Susan Kurland, Deputy Commissioner of Air Services Development for O’Hare and Midway spoke to a packed room at the MDW Maintenance Facility. 

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Roger Gates, President of CABAA, reminded the guests of Business Aviation’s strong history at MDW. “We kept the airport alive in the years after O’Hare first opened.  Business Aviation continues to have a strong presence at Midway and we are thankful to open this dialogue with the City of Chicago Department of Aviation to allow that to continue for many years to come.”

Katy Glynn is Vice President of JetLease Palm Beach and JetLease Unmanned, the Chairman of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s Communications Committee (www.cabaa.com) and a regular contributor to CABAA web content. Contact her at Kglynn@jetlease.com

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