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Chicago Midway International Airport

Aerial view of Chicago Midway International Airport, a.k.a. the "world's busiest square mile".
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Chicago
OperatorChicago Airport System
ServesChicago, Illinois, US
Elevation189 m (620 ft)
Statistics2008, 2010
Aircraft operations (2008)253901
Passenger volume (2010)17566281
Cargo tonnage (2008)14254
Enplanemants (2010)8856025

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Chicago Midway International Airport , also known simply as Midway Airport or Midway, is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, United States, located on the city's southwest side, eight miles (13 km) from Chicago's Loop. The airport's current IATA code MDW has been used since 1949 when Chicago Municipal Airport was renamed Chicago Midway Airport, although the airline schedule books continued to call it CHI until airline flights began at O'Hare. It is bordered by 55th Street, Cicero Avenue (terminal entrance), 63rd Street, and Central Avenue. The airport's northern half is within the Garfield Ridge community area, and the southern half is within the Clearing community area. The airport is managed by the Chicago Airport System, which also oversees operations at O'Hare International Airport and Gary/Chicago International Airport. The airport is named after the Battle of Midway during World War II.

Midway is dominated by low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines. AirTran Airways and Delta Air Lines are the airport's other major operators. Both the Stevenson Expressway and Chicago Transit Authority's Orange Line provide passengers access to downtown Chicago. Midway Airport is the second largest passenger airport in the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as the state of Illinois, after Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Today, Midway Airport serves as a focus city for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines As of 2011, Midway is Southwest's largest focus city. For over 16 years, Chicago Midway International Airport had been the main hub for Indianapolis-based ATA Airlines (ATA), but that service was reduced to four destinations in November 2007, and was scheduled to end by June 7, 2008 before the airline filed for bankruptcy in April 2008, immediately discontinuing all flights.

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