Chicago Midway International Airport Abbreviation Code
- Chicago, IL, USA – Midway
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- Military District of Washington
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Chicago Midway International Airport, IL (MDW)
The Chicago Midway International Airport is after Chicago – O’Hare International the second most important and also the second largest commercial airport in the US state of Illinois. In addition, the Chicago Rockford International Airport is located about 140 kilometers further north-west near the city of Rockford in the greater Chicago area. Gary International
Airport, about 35 kilometers southeast of downtown, between East Chicago and the city of Gary, which, like Midway and O’Hare, is administered by the Chicago Airport Authority, is currently not used for regular scheduled air traffic; it is currently only taking off and landing from here some private charter flight operators. Efforts are being made to reactivate it as an alternative for low-cost carriers in the near future.
- URL: Chicago Midway International Airport, IL (MDW)
- Time zone: GMT -6
- Service phone: +1 773 838-0600; 773 686-2200
- Address: Midway International Airport, 5700 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638, USA
- Operator: Chicago Airport System
- Parking spaces: yes, subject to a charge; Short-term and long-term parking spaces, parking garage
- Nearby cities: Chicago (11 km), Naperville (33 km), Joliet (40 km), Aurora (47 km)
- Accessibility: Interstate I-88, I-290, I-294, I-55
- Train connections: Union Station in Chicago is the start and destination of numerous Amtrak routes, such as the California Zephyr, Empire Builder, Capitol Limited, Texas Eagle or the Wolverine.
- Flight distribution on the days of the week: Monday (14.85%), Tuesday (13.31%), Wednesday (14.62%), Thursday (16.04%), Friday (16.42%), Saturday (9.58%), Sunday (15.17%)
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Most popular destinations from Chicago Midway International Airport, IL (flights per week)
- Baltimore – Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (183, 5.20%)
- Denver International Airport, CO (180, 5.12%)
- Las Vegas – McCarran International Airport, NV (146, 4.15%)
- Atlanta International Airport (139, 3.95%)
- Dallas – Love Field, TX (137, 3.89%)
- Orlando International Airport, FL (119, 3.38%)
- Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport, MN (118, 3.35%)
- Louis – Lambert International Airport (113, 3.21%)
- Nashville International Airport, TN (105, 2.98%)
- Houston – Hobby Airport, TX (99, 2.81%)
- Other (61.96%)
Top airlines (share of take-offs / landings)
- Southwest Airlines (6853, 86.48%)
- KLM (172, 2.17%)
- Delta Air Lines (153, 1.93%)
- Virgin Atlantic Airways (153, 1.93%)
- Air France (131, 1.65%)
- Aeroméxico (123, 1.55%)
- Porter Airlines (88, 1.11%)
- Volaris (60, 0.76%)
- Westjet (39, 0.49%)
- Qatar Airways (20, 0.25%)
- Other (1.68%)
The airport, which was first opened for postal traffic as Chicago Air Park in 1923, is located on 63rd Street West, near the Bedford Park district, about 15 kilometers southwest of downtown (Chicago Loop). The quickest way to get to the terminal is either on Interstate Highway I-55 at Exit 286, on Illinois State Route 50 or on Illinois State Route 43 and 63rd Street West.
The “Orange Line” express train of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs regularly between the Chicago Loop and the airport (Midway Station), and there are also several regular buses from the airport to the surrounding area, such as the 379, 382, 383, 384, 385 or the 390.
Passengers who have to change between Midway and O’Hare use the “Orange Line” between Midway and the Transit Center in Downtown and then change to the “Blue Line”, otherwise there is the option of various private transfer shuttle companies or taxis to drive.
Furthermore, numerous regional bus shuttles run from the airport to the surrounding communities in the greater area, e.g. to Crestwood, Michigan City, Mishawaka, Omega and Rockford.
Originally opened in 1928 under the name Chicago Municipal Airport for commercial air traffic, the airport was the main airport in the metropolitan area of the same name until the opening of Chicago-O’Hare. As early as 1932, Midway had more than 100,000 passengers flown annually and was also awarded the title “World’s Busiest Airport”, which he retained until 1961. The renaming to the current name, Chicago-Midway, took place in 1949 in honor of the fallen soldiers in the battle of the same name for the Pacific Midway Islands (Midway Atoll) in June 1942.
Chicago – Midway was also one of the central hubs of several well-known US airlines and one of the busiest airports in the world for many years and was only replaced by Chicago-O’Hare in the late 1950s. Nowadays, Midway is a very important hub of the low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines, which also offers most of the destinations from here.