The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today (March 17, local time) announced the temporary closure of the tower of the Chicago area’s second-largest airport, the Midway Airport,media reported. The FAA said in a statement that several technicians at the site tested positive for the new crown. The FAA said in a statement that the airport will remain open and will continue to operate at a lower speed.
The FAA says the air traffic system is a resilient system, with multiple back-up plans to respond to outbreaks like this one. But it is unclear how the airport will operate without a control tower.
It is reported that the largest airline in the midway airport is Southwest Airlines, in addition to Delta Air Lines also has flights there.
In a separate statement, the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA) required that all people working at the tower should be tested for the new coronavirus and must be tested immediately. It is encouraging that the FAA is conducting rapid testing of all staff at the airport tower.