Chicago O'Hare is Modernizing and Expanding - United Hub

Chicago O'Hare is modernizing and expanding

By The Hub team, March 01, 2018

After over a year of negotiations, we, along with other airlines, have reached an agreement with the City of Chicago to dramatically expand O'Hare International Airport (ORD). This expansion will help bring O'Hare into the 21st century with the latest amenities, which will provide a better experience for our customers and employees.

"As Chicago's hometown airline, we are looking forward to continuing our investment in O'Hare and building our largest hub into the world-class airport this world-class city deserves," said CEO Oscar Munoz. "The improvements in our new agreement will help ensure we provide a superior travel experience for the more than 36 million United customers who fly through O'Hare each year."

The $6 billion capital project will generate more terminal space and growth opportunities for our airline and others. The project will be funded through terminal rental fees charged to us and other airlines using O'Hare, as well as rents from concessionaires.

graphic view of the new additions to O'Hare International Airport

The improvements will add 25 percent more gates, and, as part of the agreement, we will be able to compete to expand our number of gates. Construction will begin next year, and is scheduled to end by 2026. The total space at O'Hare's terminals will go from 5.5 million square feet to 8.9 million square feet.

Additionally, the new plan will add two satellite concourses that will be built to the south and southwest of Terminal 1, and connected to the main terminals via tunnels with moving walkways. Terminal 2 will be demolished and replaced by an expanded "Global Terminal" with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities. Once opened, our international flights will arrive in this terminal rather than Terminal 5, which will allow customers faster and more convenient access to connecting flights.

The gates we currently operate from in Terminal 2 will be transferred to the two satellite concourses of the new layout. Our employee lounges and break rooms in Terminal 2 will also be relocated. We will be working with city officials to determine where our new facilities will be located within the new buildings.

We will also be adding new club spaces. The United Clubs team will be working over the coming months to determine the location, number and size of clubs in the new facilities.

As the project moves forward, we will work with the city of Chicago, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and CBP to provide proper staffing levels associated with the expansion.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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