Damaged Flight centre in Chicago requires two weeks to get fully Functional

Damaged Flight centre in Chicago requires two weeks to get fully Functional

US aviation authorities on Sunday reported that workers will take two more weeks to repair and restore operations at a Chicago air traffic control centre, which was damaged by fire two days ago.

A contract employee, Brian Howard, set a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center, bringing two of the nation's busiest airports to a halt on Friday.US airports reported hundreds of residual flight cancellations on Saturday.

According to a complaint filed in the US district court in Chicago, Brian, 36, has been charged with the destruction of aircraft facilities. He posted a message on his Facebook page saying he was going to "take out" the control centre and kill himself.

Some 2,000 flights were grounded at two major airports, O'Hare and Midway around the U.S. on Friday and out of the flights cancelled, more than 1,500 were from O'Hare, leaving thousands of passengers frustrated.

According to data posted on its website, O'Hare is the largest hub of United Airlines and a major hub for American Airlines. The airport averaged about 2,700 flights a day in August with a daily average of about 220,000 passengers in the month.

The Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, said it is assessing the damage caused by the blaze and is making progress. It expects to have the fire-damaged center in Aurora, Illinois, fully online on October 13.

The FAA has increased the number of flights arriving and departing at O'Hare and Midway. About 60% of typical traffic at O'Hare and about 75% for Midway were safely managed by air traffic controllers by Saturday.

The FAA said it had "brought in its best technicians from around the country" to repair the center. The first shipment of equipment was due to arrive last night and teams would be "working round the clock".

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