A Guide to the Many Runways at O’Hare
Chicago’s O’Hare International airport might look overwhelming at first sight. Well it is, with miles of taxiway and 7 runways covering a massive plot of land, this sure isn’t just an ordinary airport.
Let’s go over every runway in the airport, so you know how to use them the next time you fly into KORD.
We are going to cover all 7 runways from north to south, as well as the crosswind runways.
This runway is tied for the shortest in the field, and is only used for landing. Never takeoff from this runway. The common planes landing on this runway are Bombardiers as well as Embraers. However, it isn’t uncommon to see some A320 and 737 family aircraft landing here as well. Just don’t land heavies on this runway, that isn’t realistic.
Just above the terminals, you have this runway. This runway can be used for almost any purpose. It can be used for takeoff and landing, mainly landing though. This runway works very well for smaller airliners but heavies can still use this runway for landing, the biggest plane I’ve seen that has used this runway for takeoff or landing was a 787. Many Chicagoans favor this runway due to its close proximity to the terminals.
This is the longest runway at KORD, being 13,000 feet long, it can handle any aircraft there is! This runway is almost never used for landing aircraft. It is used for the heavies as well as all the other planes to take off. Please be advised that the full runway is never used, even for the heavies. Whenever you decide to use this runway to takeoff, use taxiways CC or DD for an Eastern takeoff, and use taxiway F or HH for a Western takeoff.
This runway is over 10,000 feet long and is on of two 200 foot wide runways on the field. This runway is only used for landings and is pretty much the opposite of runway 10L/28R. This is where most of the heavies land at KORD. Including 747s, 777s, 787s and A350s. Keep in mind that smaller aircraft can also land here. Heavies only use this runway for landing at KORD, so don’t make me mad and land a big plane on another runway. On rare, windy occasions, cargo planes from the south apron will takeoff on this runway. My video of a landing on runway 10C here
This is the newest runway at O’Hare, as well as tied for the shortest, and serves a very similar purpose to the northernmost runway. This runway is used for landing small aircraft no bigger than a 757. No aircraft (that I’ve seen) have ever took off from this runway, so don’t even try.
This runway is almost never ever used at KORD. However, during the rare occasions that it is used, you never land on 4L, and you never take off on 22R. I’m not certain about what aircraft can land here, but I’ve only rarely seen aircraft land on 22R, and never 4L. I’ve had one occasion where I landed here, and it was great being at the gate less than 5 minutes after touchdown.
This runway is used only for taking off aircraft. Never land on this runway, or else you will make me mad. Keep in mind that runway 4R is almost never used. However, runway 22L is used fairly often for medium sized aircraft to take off. I’ve used this runway on planes ranging from a CRJ200 all the way up to a 757. VERY RARELY used for landings. Today (10/14/20) 22L and 22R are being used for landings due to insane winds.
My own video of a takeoff from 22L is here
9C/27C (Brand New!)
Due to the new nature of this runway, and not yet being implemented in IF, this isn’t that important. However, what I know (as well as many Chicagoans) is that runway 9C/27C will be used for landings, being the second runway in the airport to be 200 feet wide!
@Brad wrote this, feel free to also read this!
@JarrettFlies also wrote this, this has turned into a group project!
All in all, just be sure to use realistic operations when flying in or out of KORD. The reason I’ve made this post is that I’ve seen way too many people using the wrong runways at my home airport, and I decided that this needs to be changed. If any Chicago natives would want any corrections to be made, just @ me in the comments or PM me, and I will gladly change it.