O’Hare International Airport is a step closer to developing a gate capable of accommodating the world’s largest passenger aircraft, reversing an embarrassing gap at the city’s primary aviation hub.

The city’s Department of Aviation yesterday pulled a permit to build out one gate that could handle an Airbus A380 plane, in Terminal 5 at O’Hare, according to the city’s permits website.

Emirates and British Airways have expressed interest in using their A380s on routes involving O’Hare, the person said, though which routes would get the A380s couldn’t be determined. The gate is expected to be operational by late summer.

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