Chicago’s O’Hare Sucks, But This Arrival Video Is Actually Pretty Cool

You either tolerate O’Hare or you really hate it. But somehow everyone ends up flying through that field.

This time lapse video shows a flight coming into O’Hare International Airport, whose taxiways are littered with more planes than there are cars parked at malls after Thanksgiving.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport, commonly known as O’Hare, is a public airport owned and operated by the City of Chicago. O’Hare is the primary airport service for the Chicago area. It is located on the far northwest side of Chicago, with Midway Airport being Chicago’s secondary airport. O’Hare is a hub for United Airlines, American Airlines, and a focus city for most other major US Airlines.

In terms of the number of take offs and landings, O’Hare was the busiest airport in the world in 2014, finally beating out Atlanta International Airport, which had held the busiest airport title from 2005 to 2013. In fact, O’Hare lost the title back to Atlanta the following year. As of 2015, O’Hare is the fourth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. O’Hare also has the most runways (9) of any international airport.
As of September 2014, O’Hare has direct service to 210 destinations (153 domestic and 57 international). Roughly 585 flights take off from O’Hare every day.

For ten years, O’Hare has been voted the “Best Airport in North America” by two separate sources, Business Traveler Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine. We really aren’t sure who votes in those reviews. We don’t know anyone who loves O’Hare. In contrast, Chicago’s airport system was voted 2nd worst in terms of cancelled flights and plane delays, with New York’s airports coming in first in that sad category. Roughly 20 percent of America’s flight cancellations and delays happen at O’Hare.