American Airlines just opened five new gates at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The move marks the first addition of new gates on a large scale at the airport in 25 years. The project comes with a price tag of $78 million. The official opening of the new gates took place on Friday.

The new American Airlines gates in Chicago opened after around two years of construction. Travelers may remember that the last time a new gate opened at O'Hare was back in 1993. That was the year that the airport's Terminal 5 was built. Who will be using American's new gates at O'Hare? The new gates will be used for regional flights operated by American Airlines. This will give American Airlines the ability to make its existing gates available to passengers boarding mainline flights.

It is likely that all travelers will benefit from the addition of the new gates. Travelers will get to enjoy increased on-time performance and extra travel options now that five new gates are freeing up space at the airport.

The newest American Airlines gates at Chicago O'Hare International Airport have arrived just as plans are taking off to expand the airport as part of a larger project that will total $8.5 billion. That project would add new terminals, create new concourses and build dozens of new gates. The addition of five new gates last week brings the total number of American Airlines gates at Chicago's airport from 66 to 71. O'Hare is one of the most important hubs in the country for American Airlines.

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