CHICAGO - Six teams are interested in bidding for the right to operate Chicago's Midway Airport under a long-term lease in exchange for an upfront cash payment - a transaction that could raise several billion and would mark the first privatization of a major U.S. airport.

The statements of interest came in response to a request for qualifications process launched by the city in February in which it asked potential bidders to submit proof of their technical ability to run a major airport and to finance the transaction.

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