Chicago travel ban may be lifted as more airlines get waivers

CHICAGO — As the federal travel ban is lifted and the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Tuesday night, the league is considering the possibility of allowing some airline carriers to operate under the same rules as the Blackhawks.

The NHL announced Monday it had given its approval to the Chicago Airline and Chicago Skylines for waivers and waived the Chicago Skyline from its waiver list.

It also granted waivers to four other Chicago airlines, the most recent of which was the Chicago O’Hare.

It was not immediately clear if those airlines had applied for waivers.

“We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago Department of Aviation and the NHL to determine if we can do the same for our other airlines,” said David B. Zettler, the commissioner of the NHL, in a statement.

“We look forward to doing the same with Chicago’s other airlines as well.”

The Blackhawks and Blackhawks-owned Skylines both have the same owner as the team.

The Blackhawks have a stake in the airline and operate under it, while the Chicago-based O’hare operates under the Blackhawks charter.