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Record #: R2011-12   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 1/13/2011 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Aviation; Finance
Final action: 5/18/2011
Title: Call for hearing(s) on potential privatization of Midway Airport
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Aviation, - COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Finance
Attachments: 1. R2011-12.pdf
Related files: R2011-691
RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, commercial airports in the United States are generally owned and operated by local and state governments; and
WHEREAS, the 1996 Reauthorization Act (49 U.S.C. ยง 47134) established the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Privatization Pilot Program which authorizes private companies to own, manage, lease, or develop public airports; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Federal Law, only one major hub airport may participate in the pilot program; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago submitted its preliminary application to the FAA to participate in the program on September 16, 2006; and
WHEREAS, the FAA accepted the City's preliminary application on October 3, 2006; and
WHEREAS, on September 20, 2008, the City of Chicago selected Midway Investment and Development Corporation to operate Chicago Midway International Airport (Midway Airport) under a 99-year lease pursuant to the terms established under the FAA's pilot program; and
WHEREAS, on October 8, 2008 the Chicago City Council approved the $2.5 billion deal to lease Midway Airport; and
WHEREAS, in April of 2009, the Midway Investment and Development Corporation terminated the agreement with the City of Chicago due to financial credit and capital market conditions; and
WHEREAS, since January 2010, the City of Chicago has filed three requests with the FAA seeking to retain the large hub airport slot in the Airport Privatization Pilot Program; and
WHEREAS, on December 10, 2010, the FAA granted the City of Chicago permission to develop a course of action by July 31, 2011 and agreed to hold for Midway Airport the one slot available for a large hub airport under the Airport Privatization Pilot Program; and
WHEREAS, recent economic improvements have greatly improved the prospect of securing financing for the privatization of Midway Airport; and
WHEREAS, privatization of airports has developed into a global trend since the late 1980's with over 50 airports being privatized, composing roughly 10% of the glob...

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