Operating an Airport safely, securely and efficiently requires strong relationships with other agencies and businesses. The Chicago Department of Aviation prides itself in creating mutually beneficial working relationships with its partners. A list of our main partners is below, along with a description of their services.
Federal Aviation Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of civil aviation; it functions as an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation.
At O'Hare International Airport, the FAA provides many services, including:
- Airport Compliance
- Airport Safety
- Air Traffic Control Services
- Navigation Aid Operation and Maintenance
- Engineering, Design and Construction Coordination
- Environmental Coordination
- Planning and Capacity Coordination
- Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Coordination
- Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program Coordination
To learn more about the FAA, click here.
Transportation Security Administration
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Within a year of being formed, TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation's airports and deployed a federal workforce to screen all commercial airline passengers and baggage. In March 2003, TSA transitioned from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security.
TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, working closely with stakeholders in aviation, rail, transit, highway, and pipeline sectors, as well as partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies, and use of intelligence to drive operations.
TSA is committed to evolving its systems to enhance the safety of the traveling public as well as individual passenger experiences whenever possible.
At O'Hare International Airport, the TSA conducts passenger and baggage security screening.
To learn more about the TSA, click here.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is one of the Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.
At O'Hare International Airport, the CBP conducts immigration processing and customs checks.
To learn more about the CBP, click here.
University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) partners with O'Hare International Airport to provide emergency treatment/urgent care, occupational medicine and other services, including X-rays and immunizations, to travelers and employees.
To learn about all the services provided at the O'Hare UIC Medical Center, click here.