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Private jet operations tick up at Chicago Executive, DuPage airports

Officials at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling started observing a bump in the jet traffic Tuesday. Co-owned by Prospect Heights and Wheeling, Chicago Executive is a top reliever for O’Hare International Airport.

“It makes perfect sense that people would want to stay away from the large crowds of the commercial service airports and use an airport like this with their private aircraft,” Executive Director Jamie Abbott said. “So, we think that (COVID-19) is the contributing factor.”

Jet Linx, which flies from Chicago Executive, is appealing to what the company says are commercial air travelers seeking a private solution to help safeguard their health while wanting mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

President and CEO Jamie Walker said in a statement Jet Linx just started a special 90-day membership that includes guaranteed hourly rates and access for individuals and companies “searching for peace of mind if they need to travel during this national emergency.”

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