Chicago Air Traffic Control Centre Update.

The Federal Aviation Administration in America hopes to have Chicago’s fire-damaged air traffic control centre repaired and returned to full service by Monday 13th October.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled since a fire broke out early last Friday morning in the centre in Aurora, Illinois. Other control centres have handled many of Chicago’s flights while repairs are being made.

At midday yesterday more than 550 flights were cancelled at O’Hare and another 50 at Midway Airport. The FAA has stated that it is steadily increasing the number of flights arriving and departing at both airports.

The FAA said that air traffic controllers managed about 60 per cent of normal traffic at O’Hare yesterday and more 75 per cent at Midway.