Midway Receives Perfect Safety Rating From FAA

CHICAGO, July 22, 2012 - The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is proud to announce that Midway International Airport recently completed its annual inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airfield safety with no violations - a perfect score!

This annual inspection reviews an airport's compliance with Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139, including airfield operations; pavement and signage, lighting; markings; inspection reports; fueling operations, and emergency response and preparedness. Midway has achieved a perfect score from the FAA, with no discrepancies, for 13 out of the last 16 annual inspections. Michael Stephens, the FAA Airport Certification Inspector overseeing the process, commended Midway staff "for the procedures you are using in the day-to-day operation of the airport. The appearance of the airports indicates they are effective."  

  "The safety and security of Chicago's airports are the Chicago Department of Aviation's (CDA) highest priority," said CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. "The entire Midway team is to be commended for once again doing such an exemplary job with this inspection to ensure the highest level of safety for travelers and employees."

Midway's excellent safety record is occurring at the same time the airport is experiencing record-breaking passenger activity. In 2012, Midway had its busiest year in the airport's 85-year history, serving 19.5 million passengers. This was an increase of over three percent compared to the previous year.

Midway has continued to succeed with 12 new markets added in 2013 and it is well positioned for additional growth. Six airlines (Southwest, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country, Volaris and Porter) at Midway now provide 600 daily flights to 70 cities.