11.8 C
New York
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Home Trends FAA temporarily closes tower at Chicago’s Midway Airport after employees test positive...

FAA temporarily closes tower at Chicago’s Midway Airport after employees test positive for COVID-19

In another example for the farreaching effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the FAA today said that it is temporarily closing the tower at Midway Airport, the second largest airport in the Chicago area. In a statement, the FAA says that that several technicians at the facility tested positive for COVID-19. For a while, there was a ground stop in effect for Midway and no flights could take off to land at the airport.

In its statement, FAA notes that the airport remains open and that operations will continue at a reduced rate.

“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 says in a statement. How exactly the airport will operate without a working control tower is unclear, though. Smaller airports often revert to being uncontrolled fields after the tower closes at night and have procedures in place for this. That’s not typically the case for large airports like Midway, though, which are staffed 24/7.

Update (4:55pm PT): the airport has now clarified how it will keep the tower staffed.

The largest airline at Midway is Southwest Airlines, though Delta Air Lines also flies there.

In a separate statement, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the labor union for aviation safety professionals, asks that all who work at the tower should be tested for the disease. “NATCA is adamant that the testing must occur immediately and is hopeful there will be no additional COVID-19 infections. We are encouraged that the FAA is pursuing the rapid testing of all personnel at [Midway] Tower,” the organization writes.

Source: TechCrunch


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Smart Player Choices That Will Help Secure Your Online Poker Bankroll

Online poker games are perhaps one of the most thrilling and nerve-wrecking card games that constantly tests a player’s core skills such as crucial...

Online Games and eSports That Let You Challenge the Pros

All amateur sports fans have for generations constantly posed themselves the question: Do I have what it takes to go pro? While the answer for...

After Delhi & Haryana Now Night curfew in Punjab from Dec 1, India is rapidly moving towards another lockdown

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said a night curfew will be imposed in the state from December 1 to fight coronavirus. The chief...

Twitter to bring back ‘blue tick’ in early 2021

Twitter will relaunch its account verification process early next year, whereby active and authentic user accounts can sport the 'blue verified badge'. Twitter had paused...

Recent Comments

%d bloggers like this: