Chicago O’Hare Trails Pre-Pandemic Levels by 400 Flights

Chicago O'Hare Trails Pre-Pandemic Levels by 400 Flights
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It has been revealed that Chicago O’Hare still needs to achieve an additional 400 flights per week to achieve pre-pandemic capacity.

Data from still highlights how far behind the area’s largest airport is from continuing its onward growth trajectories in the year ahead.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Chicago O’Hare’s Numbers…

Chicago O'Hare Trails Pre-Pandemic Levels by 400 Flights
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For June 27-July 4, Chicago O’Hare handled 2,0001 movements, which is a decrease of 4.62% compared to the same period last year.

Compared to the same period in 2019, the airport is 413 movements shy of achieving that all-important pre-pandemic level.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data representing the airport:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
May 30-June 62665 movements2018 movements2056 movements+1.88%
June 6-132695 movements2032 movements2116 movements+4.13%
June 13-202693 movements2118 movements2103 movements-0.71%
June 20-272647 movements2086 movements2095 movements+0.43%

What we can see from the data is that, consistently, Chicago O’Hare continues to trail massively behind the pre-pandemic 2019 figure.

As we enter the peak periods of the Summer 2023 season in the United States, it is unclear whether there will be a positive spike expected to counter this.

If things continue at this current trend, then this will be more on par with the Summer 2022 numbers, which also trail the 2019 level too.

For now, all eyes are on Chicago O’Hare to see what more they can do to entice more carriers to increase their frequencies.

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