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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4386 times:

This is my first new topic post on this forum, so I hope this works.

Last week, I drove a friend to Chicago. While heading west on the Indiana Toll Road, we passed just to the North of Gary Regional Airport. My friend mentioned that Pan Am flew scheduled service from that airport with Boeing 727s a few years ago. I find that hard to believe. Why would Pan Am fly from that small airport. If they did fly out of Gary, where did they fly to? Has any other airline had service from Gary?

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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4372 times:

Pan Am pulled out GYY a couple months ago. I believe they flew to Orlando and Portsmouth from Gary. Pan Am is a niche carrier. There is no way it would survive flying into MDW or ORD where ATA/WN or UA/AA would litterly take it apart. Casino Express flies charters from GYY-Elko, Nevada with 737-200s

User currently offlineWNfan From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

I believe they flew to Sanford FL, as well as BLV and I also want to say Portsmouth NH. Unfortunately, they pulled out.

Red Lion Casino Express also has some flights to Elko NV. Parking is free at GYY and someday I wouldn't mind being on a run.

I think expanding this airport is a no-brainer. It's mostly surrounded by blighted neighborhoods and abandoned factories and warehouses; few would complain about runway and terminal projects. There are many people in northwest Indiana who use MDW and don't want to drive to ORD.

The City of Chicago formed a partnership with GYY some years ago in the hopes of heading off the proposed Peotone airport. Since then, the ORD expansion effort has taken a few more steps and looks more like an inevitability. GYY expansion seems a distant possibility now.

Any other Chicago-area members care to add their observations, insights, and predictions?

User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4316 times:

Aren't they trying to make GYY into a FBO center now that Daley tore up Meigs? It makes sense to me, just hop onto the Skyway or train and it's not too far to the Loop.

The only problem is, it's Gary.


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User currently offlineAlitaliaORD From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4272 times:

yea i think somebody said this but they flew to MidAmerica down by St. Louis. My friend was on a Pan Am flight out of GYY. She said they served drinks and magazines.

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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4261 times:
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They flew there and other airports that are not really served by carriers is because of the competition if they went from STL to ORD or MDW. If they did the big carriers would try to shut them out and take their passengers like ATA did with Mexicana on the MDW GJU route. They wanted to serve the easier airports because of the ease and no congestion but ORD and MDW can't fufill that for them, that's why they went to Gary. The reason they left was because that the downturn of air travel due to the terrorist attacks and the low pax on this route SFB-BLV-GYY they decided to stop it.

With the Skyway, It gets congested sometimes and I don't know about the South Shore Transit line either.

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User currently offlinePaddy From Taiwan, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4200 times:

"The only problem is, it's Gary."

HAHAHAHA! I know what you mean.

But you know, Newark NJ has a successful airport and its a slummy neighbor too  Big grin GYY could become Chicago's version of EWR someday.

User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5873 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4173 times:

The main problem with GYY expansion is that one or more rail lines have to be moved, and their might be some neighboring sights that need toxic waste clean up.

GYY would make a lot more sense than a new airport in Peotone. For the western suburbs, driving to Peotone is a nightmare. There is no straight route. With Gary, one could drive 294 to 94, then cut over. Far easier driving.

User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3176 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4167 times:

They quit flying out of BLV some time ago. Mid America is the biggest joke in the world. They spent tons of money on a terminal at Scott AFB thinking that people would drive out to this airport that's 30 miles east of Downtown St. Louis (STL is about 12). The most frequent visitors are aircraft from my flight school and the C-9s stationed at the base. They have practiacally been giving the airport to whoever wants to come in. Great Plains just announced like 12 flights daily out of there on 328Jets. I hardly see how they will succeed where Pan Am has failed. There will be more than enough slots and gates available at STL come November 1.

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