Chicago’s Midway airport was plunged into chaos on Tuesday after multiple air traffic controllers were diagnosed with coronavirus.
The hub which remains open was operating at a reduced rate after the air traffic control tower was closed by the outbreak. It was able to stay open using ‘backup facilities’.
“The air traffic control tower at Midway Airport is temporarily closing while we ensure a safe work environment for air traffic controllers and technicians,” the FAA said in a statement.
The closure came as Trump officials said coronavirus was “worse than 9/11” for the airline industry.