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United CEO supports O'Hare expansion
Associated Press

A worker at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport walks along the new runway dedicated today.

 

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Published: 11/20/2008 1:51 PM | Updated: 11/20/2008 2:02 PM

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United Airlines CEO Glenn Tilton says the ongoing expansion at O'Hare International Airport has his company's "full support."

His comments Thursday at a Chicago celebration for a new $450 million O'Hare runway contradicted documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

The newspaper reported that American, United and several other airlines are calling the O'Hare plan flawed and are opposed to more spending on expansion. According to statements sent to city and federal authorities, the airlines call Chicago's effort to move ahead with the project "premature and inappropriate" because of the decline in air travel.

The O'Hare project includes replacing intersecting runways with a parallel runway system and new passenger terminals that the airlines are now calling "ill-conceived."