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Chicago/Midway International Airport

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Name Chicago/Midway International Airport
Region North America
Territory United States US.gif
Location Chicago, Illinois
Serving Chicago
Elevation 188.976 m
620 ft
620 ft188.976 m
Coordinates 41° 47' 9.00" N, 87° 45' 8.00" W
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
04L/22R 1679 m5,508.53 ft
46 m150.919 ft
ASP yes/yes
04R/22L 1965 m6,446.85 ft
46 m150.919 ft
PEM yes/yes
13C/31C 1988 m6,522.31 ft
46 m150.919 ft
CON yes/yes
13L/31R 1567 m5,141.076 ft
46 m150.919 ft
ASP yes/yes
13R/31L 1176 m3,858.268 ft
18 m59.055 ft
CON yes/yes

Observation KMDW 261753Z 33007KT 10SM OVC010 03/00 A3027 RMK AO2 SNE1656 SLP257 P0000 60001 T00280000 10028 20011 58004 $
Station Chicago, Chicago Midway Airport
Date/Time 26 October 2020 17:53:00
Wind direction 330°
Wind speed 07 kts
Lowest cloud amount overcast
Temperature 2.8°C
Dew point 0°C
Humidity 81%
Weather condition n/a

Tag(s) Engineered Materials Arresting System
Tag(s) Lake Effect Snow
Rwy(s) 31C, 4R, 22L, 13C

Chicago Midway International Airport



Chicago Midway International Airport, also known simply as Midway Airport or Midway, is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, United States, located on the city's southwest side, 13 km7.019 nm
13,000 m
42,650.919 ft
from Chicago's Loop. The airport is managed by the Chicago Airport System, which also oversees operations at O'Hare International Airport and Gary/Chicago International Airport.


Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) - characterized by four seasons: cold, windy, snowy winters, mild springs, hot, humid summers, and crisp and relatively short autumns. Precipitation reaches its lowest in January and February and peaks in summer and latter half of spring.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of KMDW

  • B737, Chicago Midway IL, USA 2011 (On 26 April 2011 a Southwest Boeing 737-700 was assessed as likely not to stop before the end of landing runway 13C at alternate Chicago Midway in daylight and was intentionally steered to the grass to the left of the runway near the end, despite the presence of a EMAS. The subsequent investigation determined that the poor deceleration was a direct consequence of a delay in the deployment of both speed brakes and thrust reverser. It was noted that the crew had failed to execute the ‘Before Landing’ Checklist which includes verification of speed brake arming.)
  • B737, Chicago Midway USA, 2005 (On 8 December 2005, a delay in deploying the thrust reversers after a Boeing 737-700 touchdown at night on the slippery surface of the 1176 metre-long runway at Chicago Midway with a significant tailwind component led to it running off the end, subsequently departing the airport perimeter and hitting a car before coming to a stop. The Investigation concluded that pilots’ lack of familiarity with the autobrake system on the new 737 variant had distracted them from promptly deploying the reversers and that inadequate pilot training provision and the ATC failure to provide adequate braking action information had contributed.)
  • B737/LJ45, Chicago Midway, USA 2011 (On 1 December 2011 a Southwest Boeing 737-700 was cleared to taxi in after landing on a route which included crossing another active runway before contacting GND and the controller who had issued that clearance then inadvertently issued a take off clearance to a Gama Charters Learjet 45 for the runway to be crossed. One of the 737 pilots saw the approaching Learjet and warned the PF to stop as the runway crossing was about to begin. The departing aircraft then overflew the stationary 737 by 62 feet after rotating shortly before the crossing point without seeing it.)
  • MD81, vicinity Chicago Midway, IL USA, 2008 (On 7 July 2008, a Mc Donnell Douglas MD81 being operated by Midwest Airlines, Inc. had just taken off in day visual flight conditions when increasing pitch could initially not be controlled. Later, control was regained but with “higher than normal” pitch control pressure required to control the aircraft - after en-route diversion the aircraft landed uneventfully.)