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  • Hilton targeting millennials with affordable hotel brand Tru

    Hilton targeting millennials with affordable hotel brand Tru

    Hilton Worldwide is targeting young travelers with a new brand of affordable hotels that it says will shake up the sleepy midscale hotel market. Dubbed Tru by Hilton, the brand will take on familiar roadside names like Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott with a focus...

  • As blizzard hits East Coast, hundreds of flights canceled in Chicago

    As blizzard hits East Coast, hundreds of flights canceled in Chicago

    More than 200 flights have been canceled at Chicago's airports, and delays persist as a blizzard hit the Mid-Atlantic states Friday. At O’Hare as of 8:45 p.m., delays are averaging 25 minutes for in and outbound flights and airlines have canceled more than 200 flights, many of those are because...

  • United Airlines flight veers off of O'Hare runway

    United Airlines flight veers off of O'Hare runway

    A United Airlines flight from Seattle veered off the runway Wednesday morning at O'Hare International Airport, officials said. Flight No. 1977 rolled off of runway 27 right, according to Tony Molinaro, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The aircraft was a Boeing 737, he said. The plane...

  • No snow, but sleet and high winds will make for 'really nasty' Monday

    No snow, but sleet and high winds will make for 'really nasty' Monday

    Freezing rain, high winds and possible flooding will combine for a miserable, blustery weather Monday, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a winter storm warning for the Chicago area. “It’s going to be a really nasty day,’’ meteorologist Ricky Castro said. The storm warning...

  • No threat found after passengers removed from plane at BWI

    No threat found after passengers removed from plane at BWI

    Four people removed Tuesday morning from a Chicago-bound Spirit Airlines flight at BWI Marshall Airport amid concerns about a potential threat were released without charges after being questioned, Maryland Transportation Authority police said. A female passenger told the flight crew she saw suspicious...

  • Ride-share drivers to get access to Chicago airports this month, mayor says

    Ride-share drivers to get access to Chicago airports this month, mayor says

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is wasting no time launching his plan to allow Uber and other ride-share companies to pick up passengers at Chicago airports, announcing he expects to greenlight the new service within the next two weeks. Less than a week after aldermen approved the mayor's 2016 budget, which...

  • When planes land at O'Hare, trip just getting started

    When planes land at O'Hare, trip just getting started

    Tom Cablk was on one of American Airlines' new nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Bensenville last week and, jeez, the ride in from the runway took so long he could've used a sandwich. The Boeing 737 that Cablk was aboard actually touched down at O'Hare International Airport, not Bensenville,...

  • 5 ways to improve O'Hare

    5 ways to improve O'Hare

    Worrisome headwinds swirled this week as O'Hare International Airport opened its third new runway since 2008. The almost $10 billion airfield modernization that former Mayor Richard M. Daley first laid out in 2001, featuring six parallel runways, was hailed as a game changer that would transform...

  • United CEO talks coffee, bag fees and lousy flights

    United CEO talks coffee, bag fees and lousy flights

    Like many United fliers in recent years, Oscar Munoz was recently on a lousy flight to Chicago. It was Labor Day, just after his daughter got married and just before he took over as CEO of the airline. He was in the seat he always seems to get, 22A, on a cramped 50-seat regional jet. Two people...

  • American Airlines secretly adds free real-time bag tracking

    American Airlines secretly adds free real-time bag tracking

    American Airlines in recent weeks has quietly added free real-time online luggage tracking for checked bags, allowing customers to determine where their bag is — from check-in counter to baggage carousel pickup. The service is useful not only for curious travelers, but in case a checked bag hasn't...

  • Cabbies protest at city airports over Emanuel fee; drivers' lawsuit cut back

    Cabbies protest at city airports over Emanuel fee; drivers' lawsuit cut back

    Hundreds of cabbies on Wednesday morning blocked access to terminals at O'Hare and Midway airports to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed taxi fee hike and the city’s plan to allow ride-share companies to do business at what had been the exclusive domain of taxis. Emanuel’s budget, unveiled Tuesday,...

  • United Airlines is yanking moving walkways at O'Hare concourse

    United Airlines is yanking moving walkways at O'Hare concourse

    Inside one of the busiest concourses at O'Hare International Airport, the recorded announcement cautioning travelers that "the moving walkway is now ending'' means what it says. United Airlines has started to remove all eight moving walkway belts in Concourse C of Terminal 1 at O'Hare. The airline...

  • American remodels O'Hare gates to finish merger with US Airways

    American remodels O'Hare gates to finish merger with US Airways

    As O'Hare International Airport has emptied out during recent nights, American Airlines in Terminal 3 has begun construction work, moving ticket counters and upgrading its gate areas in anticipation of next month's combination with US Airways. For example, on Monday night into Tuesday morning, American...

  • Petition calls for airline seat standards to end the cabin crush

    Petition calls for airline seat standards to end the cabin crush

    With commercial airlines packing more passengers per plane, many fliers believe that the federal government should adopt minimum airline seat standards for legroom and width to ensure the safety and comfort of travelers.That is the sentiment of more than 30,000 people who signed a petition that...

  • Flight to Midway diverted to Texas when fight breaks out on board

    Flight to Midway diverted to Texas when fight breaks out on board

    A flight to Chicago from San Diego was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, late Monday after a fight broke out on board among a group of passengers traveling together, according to police in Amarillo. Southwest Airlines Flight 1522 was headed to Midway Airport but was diverted to Rick Husband Amarillo...

  • Airfare deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

    Airfare deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

    Airline fare wars are making a comeback. Don't expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours — prices the industry has spent years trying to eliminate.Travelers have been able to fly from Chicago to Boston...

  • Airline complaints, delays piled up in June, DOT says

    Airline complaints, delays piled up in June, DOT says

    Complaints about airlines soared more than 20 percent during the first half of this year, according to a government report released Tuesday. Meanwhile, Chicago-based United Airlines had an abysmal on-time rate in June, with just two-thirds of flights arriving on time. And more bad news: Chicago's...

  • FAA hearing on O'Hare does little to pacify neighbors

    FAA hearing on O'Hare does little to pacify neighbors

    Residents from Chicago's Northwest Side and the northwest suburbs questioned — and at times lashed out at — Federal Aviation Administration officials Monday at a workshop to go over expansion plans at O'Hare International Airport. The public forum in Niles, the first of four planned for this week,...

  • Senate report calls for crackdown on airline fees

    Senate report calls for crackdown on airline fees

    Eric Rose knew that he would take a financial hit when he needed to reschedule a flight home with his wife, Marci, after dropping off their son at college in Tucson. After all, he had bought two $160 nonrefundable tickets. But Rose, a partner in a Los Angeles government relations and communications...

  • Midway Airport to get $248 million upgrade

    Midway Airport to get $248 million upgrade

    Those annoyingly long security lines at Midway International Airport could be shortened by a major $248 million remodeling of the airport over the next several years, also slated to include more parking, restaurants and shops, according to a proposal announced by city officials Thursday. Under...

  • Frank Lloyd Wright day trips to take in Midwest properties

    Frank Lloyd Wright day trips to take in Midwest properties

    The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is at it again. And this time, the organization will venture to destinations off the beaten path to view architectural gems. Dedicated to renewing the legacy of visionary Frank Lloyd Wright through programs about architecture, design, and culture, the trust will host...

  • Dangerous runways at O'Hare? Some doubt city's claims

    Dangerous runways at O'Hare? Some doubt city's claims

    Chicago aviation authorities have failed to produce convincing evidence that keeping open all the diagonal runways at O'Hare International Airport would increase the risk of planes colliding, residents protesting the city's new noise-mitigation proposals said Friday. Some pointed to the absence...

  • Chicago plans to cut O'Hare noise by rotating runways at night

    Chicago plans to cut O'Hare noise by rotating runways at night

    The Emanuel administration on Friday will propose an experiment at O'Hare International Airport to rotate the runways used late at night, possibly on a weekly basis, to spread out jet noise, the city's aviation chief told the Chicago Tribune. In addition, the Chicago Department of Aviation will...

  • O'Hare's cheapest parking lot set to close

    O'Hare's cheapest parking lot set to close

    The entrance to the parking lot offering the lowest rates at O'Hare International Airport will close Wednesday to make room for construction of a rental car facility and public parking garage, city aviation officials said Monday. Starting Wednesday, vehicles will not be permitted to enter economy...

  • Glitches freeze United Airlines, NYSE temporarily on Wednesday

    Glitches freeze United Airlines, NYSE temporarily on Wednesday

    Several high-profile technology glitches disrupted American business on Wednesday, when the New York Stock Exchange went down, shortly after a United Airlines computer hiccup grounded flights worldwide — and business types couldn’t read about those events in The Wall Street Journal for a while...

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