An airplane lifts off from O'Hare International. (Tribune File photo )
Print out your boarding pass and check into the gate early. Memorial Day weekend is nearly here. As one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, here's a closer look at what it means for Chicago's airports.
1.5 million – number of passengers expected to travel through O'Hare and Midway airports during the six days surrounding the holiday weekend (Thursday through Tuesday).
2.8 percent – the increase of travel this year compared to same period in 2011.
260,000 – passengers expected to be at O'Hare's busiest day, which is Thursday.
67,000 – number of passengers expected to be at Midway on its busiest day, which is Friday.
1 million – passenger traffic expected at O'Hare during the holiday weekend.
2.5 percent – increase in traffic at O'Hare compared to last Memorial Day weekend.
444,000 — passengers expected to go through Midway the holiday weekend.
3.5 percent – increase in passenger volume at Midway compared to last Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Source: Chicago Department of Aviation