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Chicago Midway International Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW, FAA LID: MDW), also known simply as Midway Airport, is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, United States, located on the city’s southwest side, eight miles from Chicago’s Loop. It is bordered by (clockwise from N) 55th Street, Cicero Avenue (terminal entrance), 63rd Street, and Central Avenue. The airport’s northern half is within the Garfield Ridge community area, and the southern half is within the Clearing community area. Midway is heavily used by low-cost carriers, such as AirTran Airways, ATA Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, and to a lesser extent by legacy carriers, such as Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Northwest Airlines. In 2006, 18,868,388 passengers traveled through Chicago-Midway, making the facility Chicagoland’s second busiest airport behind O’Hare International Airport, and ahead of Gary/Chicago International Airport and Chicago/Rockford International Airport.
Today, Midway Airport serves as a focus city for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines  and Orlando-based AirTran Airways, and is also the main operations base for ATA Airlines (ATA), which, in addition to its domestic network, flies internationally from Midway to cities in Mexico. Prior to 2004, ATA had offered significant scheduled service to destinations from Midway Airport and was the airport’s dominant carrier, occupying and operating 14 of the 17 gates in Concourse A. However, after the airline declared bankruptcy in October 2004, scheduled service from Midway significantly decreased. Due to repeated cancellations to its schedule, ATA now offers only 18 daily non-stop flights to 5 destinations, and mainly operates out of only 2 gates in Concourse B. Recently, the airline has announced its intention to add new service from Chicago to Oakland, CA, and Ontario, CA on May 11, 2007. These new additions will mark the first time ATA has increased service at Chicago-Midway in almost three years.