CHICAGO – Chicago officially withdrew its application to privatize Midway International Airport in a letter to Federal Aviation Administration Friday.

The move probably will open up the single slot reserved for a hub airport under the 1996 Airport Privatization Pilot Program that allows up to 10 airports to be privately operated. If the city decided to pursue a lease sometime in the future, it would need to reapply for the hub slot. The FAA did not have an immediate comment.

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