The FAA has confirmed that air traffic controllers are ramping up the number of flights they are managing at Chicago’s O-Hare and Midway Airports, following a fire at the Chicago En Route Center on Friday (September 26).
The fire, which was the result of an attempted suicide, significantly damaged equipment at the centre and the central communications network is to be replaced in coming days.
The FAA aims to have the facility running a full service by October 13.
Currently air traffic controllers are working at nearby facilities to manage flights. On Sunday, controllers safely managed about 60 per cent of typical traffic at O'Hare and more than 75 percent at Midway.