DPA prepares for boost in traffic from NATO conference

DuPage Airport (DPA), a general aviation airport in the Chicago area, is preparing for the increased and diverted air traffic that will accompany the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) conference in Chicago May 19?21.

“With our 24-hour FAA air control tower and on-site U.S. customs service, as well as our state-of-the-art security, DuPage Airport is ideally suited to relocate traffic that is impacted by the NATO conference,” says DuPage Executive Director David Bird.

The west suburban airport, which is home to many major corporate flight departments and government operations, has four active runways, a 1 million square foot apron and 2 ILS approaches. The longest runway spans 7,570 feet and is the second longest runway in the Chicago area after O’Hare Airport. Aside from O’Hare and Midway, DuPage is the only facility in the region with a 24-hour control tower, and is also equipped with a 24/7 Airfield Rescue and Fire Fighting Vehicle, airport officials note.

DuPage has more than 96,000 square feet of hangar space with availability for air traffic affected by the Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) that will cover much of the Chicago skyline during the conference. Air traffic around Midway Airport, for instance, will be significantly affected by the restrictions and traffic is expected to increase at O’Hare.

For more information: DuPageAirport.com




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