Chicago's O'Hare International Airport opened a new, 10,800 foot runway Thursday morning that will ease congestion and cut into flight delays at the hub that affect airports across the country.
The O'Hare Modernization Program reconfigured the airport's crisscrossing runways into a parallel layout that allows more flights to take off and land.
Two parallel runways, an existing runway extension and a new control tower are still slated for construction. When the project is complete, O'Hare will have six parallel runways and two crosswind runways.
O'Hare is hub for both United Airlines and American Airlines, and more than 50 flights are scheduled between Minneapolis and Chicago-O'Hare each day.