FAA says flight operations at Chicago airports improving after sabotage at air traffic center

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CHICAGO — The Federal Aviation Administration says that despite the sabotage last week at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center, air traffic controllers managed more operations at O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday than at any other airport.

The agency said that by Wednesday afternoon, arrivals and departures at O'Hare were running above 85 percent of the average Wednesday air traffic over the past two months, and above 80 percent at Midway.

Officials say FAA technicians are working around-the-clock to restore telecommunications services at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora. They say workers already have installed some of the new communications equipment, but still have to lay miles of new cable.

A Naperville man is charged with setting a fire Friday at the control center.

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