Chicago O’Hare International Airport, USA, and Birmingham Airport, UK, have become sister airports, formalising a working relationship and committing to the development of new opportunities, particularly the reinstatement of direct flights between the two.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Chicago, where the two airports agreed to work collaboratively in order to strengthen trade, tourism and cultural links between their respective cities.
Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S Andolino commented: “We will enhance business, commerce, trade, tourism and cultural relations between the two cities, and share information and best practices relating to operations, construction, planning, customer service and cost management.”
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, added: “Birmingham enjoys a special relationship with Chicago as the two cities have been twinned since 1993. Over 350 North American companies, including Microsoft, Motorola and Kraft Foods – which is headquartered in Chicago – provide employment for 60,000 people in the [Birmingham] area. This formal partnership will show [the] industry that we’re committed to strengthening links further.”