ORDnDFW777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3733 times:
Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US (metro population of 9 million), is a hub airport for the two largest global alliances (Star and OneWorld), will push 1 million aircraft operations this year, but is weak when it comes to international traffic. Only one flight to South America, limited Asian service, and no new foreign flights on the radar.
Dia77 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 703 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3642 times:
Chicago has much better European service than the 2nd largest city in the US (Los Angeles) and comparable Asian service to NYC. I don't think Chicago is lacking at all for a city it's size. How many North American cities can claim multiple daily flights to Poland, flights to Sao Paulo, and flights to Hong Kong. While the Chicago metro is the 3rd largest, it is still half the size of the New York metro area. I think Chicago is doing quite well for itself. Although, I'd love to see Singapore, Virgin, Varig, Aeroflot, and ANA return......
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3635 times:
I think there's a lot of people in the US on this website that wish their airports were as "weak" as ORD in international traffic. Compared to a lot of airports, ORD is a wonderland. I don't want to complain about lack of international service at my home airport of ATL, but there are few foreign airlines. There is Air France, British Airways, Air Jamaica, South African Airways, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Korean Air, and Lufthansa, most of which just have one flight. I'm still grateful to have them here but in ORD you have JAL, Korean Air, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, Air Canada, Mexicana, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss, Alitalia, SAS, Air India, LOT, and probably a few more that I missed. Sure, you're not FRA or LHR, but ORD is not too shabby when it comes to international service.
5NEOO From Nigeria, joined Nov 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3616 times:
Chicago just has too much competition when it comes to vying for international tourists: NYC, LA, Miami, Las Vegas, Orlando etc. Chiacgo is a beautiful city but unfortunately not the first city in America most foreigners would wish to visit.
Admit it, you could care less about the continent Africa!
Nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1023 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3594 times:
The visa and terrorist issues are ruin international travel in the USA. I don't think US domestic demand of international flights is huge enough for airlines to fly there. It needs international travellers.
ANA and SQ stoped flying there. Too bad. Soon, more airlines will pull out I believe.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 23 Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3467 times:
One must also remember that in addition to the *anything but short* list of international destinations from ORD, several key cities are connected by multiple dailies.
Excluding the Americas, I believe LHR leads the way with TWELVE daily flights (if that's not a lot, I don't know what is). FRA and NRT are next with four dailies, then CDG with 3. AMS, MUC, ZRH, and MAN all have twice-daily service.
AirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1411 posts, RR: 27 Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3027 times:
I used to live in Chicago and I certainly miss some of the carriers since I returned to Toronto.
ORD has a formidable list of carriers;
GoAllegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2960 times:
I grew up in Pittsburgh in the late '70s; I still remember the excitement of seeing the tail of the BA 747 protruding over the roof of the old terminal near the highway after it started codeshare service with USAir. That was it for international flights.
Now I live in the greater Chicago area and consider ORD (and MDW, although I dislike that airport and its major airlines) to have unparalled domestic non-stop service to most areas of the US and darn good international service.
Now if only Taca or AA would start flying non-stop to San Jose, Costa Rica.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2686 posts, RR: 10 Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2906 times:
Chicago is definently limited in the Asian market, but they are still a strong international airport if you count services to Europe. ORD-ZRH, ORD-LHR, ORD-MAN, ORD-FRA, ORD-LGW (is this a route out of Chicago?) Chicago has some of the most variant routes to Europe of any U.S. airport. Do they also operate into Madrid? I know AA plans to add ORD-HKG in 2005.