Chicago’s Midway International Airport Tower Shut Down

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CHICAGO — At least three air traffic control workers at Chicago Midway International Airport have tested positive for COVID-19. In response, the towers were closed.

“The air traffic control tower at Midway Airport is temporarily closing while we ensure a safe work environment for air traffic controllers and technicians,” the FAA said. “The FAA continues to maintain close contact with airports, airlines and other stakeholders during this situation.”

According to CBS News, the airport will now operate ‘one flight in, one flight out.’

“The air traffic system is a resilient system with multiple backups in place. This shift is a regular execution of a longstanding contingency plan to ensure continued operations. Each facility across the country has a similar plan that has been updated and tested in recent years,” the FAA said. “The safety of our staff and the traveling public is the FAA’s top priority. Our controllers, inspectors and others with critical safety or security sensitive roles are essential components of our national airspace.”

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