Chicago, IL – Chicago is expected to resume all flights Wednesday after the state’s airports were closed due to a flu pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the first batch of flights to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport were scheduled for Tuesday, but it would be extended until Wednesday.
Chicago has been on a lockdown since Monday.
Chicago has been at the forefront of the national lockdown.
The city’s Department of Aviation and its Airports Authority issued the following order on Tuesday: “Cancellations are encouraged, but not mandatory.
Any delay in travel will be noted.”
In a statement, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: “I’m happy to report that Chicago has resumed all flights on the last day of the pandemic in order to be safe for our families and our employees.
Chicagoans are resilient and we have always been able to respond to emergencies on our own terms.
We know we can take a step back, and I hope that this effort will help bring Chicago back to life.
I hope people are able to go about their lives as normal and I’m proud of the hard work that our team has done.”
Chicago has more than 20 airports and several other transportation hubs, but its main airports, O’hare and Midpoint, are closed due a pandemic that has spread to parts of the United States.
Airlines from across the country are being allowed to land in Chicago.
Airlines from Mexico are not allowed to board planes from the United Kingdom or Ireland.
The city has been experiencing record numbers of air travelers and passengers.
On Monday, the Chicago Transit Authority suspended service to Midpoint due to the pandemics.
O’Hearn International Airport reopened at 6:30 p.m.
The airport was temporarily closed Monday after an unverified virus hit the area.