THE INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL
CHICAGO-O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
THE CITY OF CHICAGO
RICHARD J. DALEY, MAYOR
CITY COUNCIL AVIATION COMMITTEE
Vito Marzullo, Chairman
Casimir C. Laskowski, Vice Chairman
Robert H. Miller
Nicholas J. Bohling
Paul M. Sheridan
George J. Tourek
Alphonse R. Tomaso
Daniel J. Ronan
William J. Cullerton
John J. Hoellen
Jack I. Sperling
DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION
William E. Downes, Jr.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
CHARLES F. MURPHY ASSOCIATES— ARCHITECT
MILLER-DAVIS CONSTRUCTION CO. — BUILDER
METRO NEWS SERVICE — PHOTOGRAPHY
Chicago has a new gateway to the world! It is fitting that Columbus
Day was selected as the date for the formal opening of the new Inter-
national Terminal at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, for the
parallel in ideas — widened aspects and broader horizons — applies
today, just as it did in 1492.
The formal opening of the new International Terminal has a dual
purpose: to mark the completion of the final phase of the $150,000,000
revenue-bond development program under which completely new ter-
minal facilities have been developed at O'Hare Field, and to mark the
opening of new facilities to serve International flights. Opening cere-
monies serve to focus attention on Chicago's ever-increasing im-
portance as a gateway to foreign lands.
The new domestic terminals at O'Hare Field were placed in opera-
tion in early 1962 and were dedicated by President Kennedy on
March 23, 1963, prior to the completion of the International Terminal.
The new international facilities utilize the original domestic terminal
opened in 1955, vacated in 1962, now completely remodeled and
supplemented by a new structure that houses Federal inspection
agencies, plus the complete reconstruction of the old finger concourses.
The resulting terminal consists of 185,000 square feet of space. The
architecture is in harmony with the remainder of the terminal com-
plex. The cost is in excess of $3,000,000, not counting the original cost
of the structures which were remodeled and reconstructed.
The terminal has been planned so that there is separation between
the arriving passenger and the departing passenger. The building is
two-level in plan. Departures are handled from the upper level and
arrivals on the lower level.
The departing passenger comes to the terminal by way of the ele-
vated roadway, or parks in the parking lot and takes an escalator up
to the ticketing level. Within the ticketing area, there are waiting
room, concessions and airline ticket counters. When ticketed, the
passenger proceeds to the departure lounge that serves the flight upon
which he is departing.
There are five departure lounges provided, one in the upper portion
of the old terminal building. Escalators take departing passengers to
the four departure lounges on the lower level.
Arriving passengers use a corridor to reach Federal inspection
agencies. Passengers first enter one of two public health areas, each of
which has lounge and rest room facilities, together with examination
rooms. Passengers proceed through immigration inspection and into
the customs inspection area. Here rotating carousel baggage dispensers
deliver their baggage and the super-market customs inspection
counters are nearby. Having cleared through the customs area, pas-
sengers proceed into a lobby where they meet family or friends, find
transportation to town, or rent automobiles. Passengers can escalate
up to the second level of the International Terminal and connect
directly with domestic terminals.
Sight-seers and those meeting arriving passengers go to the upper
level of the terminal. There is a public observation deck from which
airport operations can be observed. In the upper vestibule a glass-
enclosed interior court overlooks the customs inspection area and
permits the observation of this passenger-clearance procedure.
International aviation activity started in 1953 at Chicago Midway
Airport. During that year a total of 490 people were flown to and
from European points on direct flights from Chicago. Flights to Mex-
ico City were inaugurated in 1957. During 1958 nearly 90,000 passen-
gers flew to and from Chicago in international flights. This has grown
over the years until, in 1962, 170,000 international passengers flew to
and from Chicago. These figures do not count passengers of Trans-
Canada Airlines, which operates essentially as a domestic carrier be-
tween Chicago and Toronto, with passengers pre-cleared through
Federal inspection agencies in Toronto. Thus there is no requirement
to clear customs in Chicago.
Based on traffic during the first eight months of 1963, international
passenger activity will increase 50 per cent over 1962. It is expected
that the 170,000 passengers of 1962 will increase to 250,000 in 1963.
The opening of the International Terminal facilities, replacing
wholly inadequate temporary facilities, will enhance the passenger
generation of International carriers serving Chicago. It is forecast
that the 250,000 passengers arriving and departing in 1963 will in-
crease to over a million within the next five years, and that by 1970,
Chicago will be handling nearly one and one-half million international
passengers per year, in addition to those carried by Trans-Canada
All of the new facilities at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport
have been financed with self-liquidating revenue bonds without any
burden on the taxpayers. Leases provide fees and rental which wholly
amortize the cost of the facilities. Airlines pay rent, ramp rentals, and
landing fees which vary as other revenues are developed.
Ten international carriers serve Chicago through O'Hare Field. In
addition to Trans-Canada Airlines, which uses the domestic terminal
facilities, the nine that provide service through the new International
Building are Air France, Alitalia, American, BOAC, Lufthansa, Mexi-
cana, Pan American, Swissair and TWA. American and TWA use
the International Terminal only for arriving International flights where
clearance through Federal Inspection agencies is required. Departing
flights are handled from their facilities in the domestic terminals.
Approximately two thirds of Chicago's International passengers are
on European flights and one-third on flights to and from Mexico. The
percentage of European passengers is increasing as better and more
frequent service is provided. Passenger counts do not include Inter-
national passengers who use domestic flights prior to boarding an In-
ternational flight at some other U. S. point.
With Jet all-cargo flights now operating to Europe, all types of
foreign activity are setting new records. Passenger volumes are in-
creasing, cargo is booming, and tariff collections are reaching new
highs. Chicago's International outlook for the future is truly bright.
THE SCHEDULED AIR CARRIERS SERVING CHICAGO
American- Lake Central
Braniff North Central
Continental Northwest Orient
Chicago Helicopter Ozark
Delta Trans World*
'Domestic Airlines With International
Flights From Chicago
Air France Mexicana
Alitalia Pan American
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