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New Gates Open, New Carrier to Launch Routes at O’Hare

O’Hare International Airport will open its first new gates in 25 years on Friday. After two years of construction, American Airlines will unveil five new gates in Terminal 3, the first gate expansion since 1993, when Terminal 5 was built. The project cost $70 million and was paid for by American Airlines, and not part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.5 billion expansion project announced in March. The airport will also see a new carrier bringing two more international routes this year. Avianca, the flagship carrier of Colombia, announced beginning in fall it would launch nonstop flights from O’Hare to Bogota, Columbia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. (Chicago Business Journal)

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