American Airlines has been issued a $70 million building permit (foundations only) for a five-gate addition at Chicago O”Hare Airport, according to a City of Chicago building permit.
The permit says the new structure will be 49,540 sq. ft. at “Stinger L (two story building), adjacent to Terminal 3.” F.H, Paschen/S.N. Nielsen is the general contractor.
The new gates, the first major expansion to gate capacity since the terminal was opened in 1993, are intended for regional jets and the project is expected to be complete in 2018.
In April, when the city’s aviation committee approved the project, “City Council members who sit on the committee asked for assurances that minority and women-owned business hiring goals would be met or exceeded for the project, which has been endorsed by the city’s aviation department, Chicago Tribune reported.
Image: The new American Airlines gates will be added to the end of Concourse L in Terminal 3 (from the Wandering Aramean Blog.)