The air traffic control tower at Chicago Midway International Airport has temporarily closed after several technicians at the facility tested positive for coronavirus, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.
The federal agency said the closure is necessary “while we ensure a safe work environment for air traffic controllers and technicians.”
“The airport remains open and operations will continue at a reduced rate until the situation is resolved,” the FAA said in a statement.
The airport is also shifting to "one-in-one-out" flight operations, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.
"We have been notified by the FAA that out of an abundance of caution, access to the air traffic control tower at Midway International Airport will be limited, and flight operations will shift to "one-in-one-out," the department said in a statement.
"Subsequently, the FAA has implemented a ground delay program, which applies to any flight bound for Midway that has not yet departed its point of origin. Midway remains open, but operations will be limited until further notice. Travelers are encouraged to contact their airline for the most up-to-date flight information," the department said.