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Gary/Chicago International Airport

Gary Chicago International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerGary/Chicago Airport Authority
LocationGary, Indiana
Elevation180 m (591 ft)

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Gary/Chicago International Airport is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Gary, a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The airport, which serves the Chicago metropolitan area, is 25 miles (40 km) southeast of the Chicago Loop. It is operated by the Gary Chicago Airport Authority, the basis for which was formed by the Chicago Gary Airport Compact signed in 1995. Gary/Chicago International Airport was a hub for seasonal carrier SkyValue Airlines from December 2006 to April 2007. Nearby highway connections include I-90, I-80, I-94, I-65 and the Chicago Skyway.

A long-standing proposal to turn the Gary/Chicago International Airport into Chicago's third major airport received a boost in early 2006 with the approval of $48 million in federal funding over the next ten years. Expansion plans include a new multi-level Intermodal Terminal combining three modes of transit passenger rail, passenger vehicles, and air travel. The rail system is designed to combine both commuter and high-speed lines.

High tension power lines along the west end of the airport are buried. A tentative agreement has been reached with the railroads that will allow relocation of elevated tracks currently blocking the west end of runway 30. Completion of these projects is required to make way for a lengthening of the main runway.

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