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Midway Airport Project Is Done!  
User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2963 times:

Here is the article http://www.ohare.com/doa/avi_news/terminalopening.htm


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2957 times:

Are they going to keep the 2 or 3 gates off of concourse A (i think it is A4)?


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2947 times:

Yes A4A and A4B are staying.

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2942 times:

Wasn't that a termporary thing?


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User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2930 times:

Great news, although the Midway website hasn't been updated to show that the remainder of the Concourse A gates have been opened. I'm a Chicagoan and love this new facility. I'm a frequent flyer and use Midway as much as possible. Most people don't realize that 18million+ passengers are now being processed.

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2925 times:

It will probably be the end of the year before they update the map. How have the security lines been? I have not been to midway for over a year.


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User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2913 times:

The flow through the security checkpoint is much better since they removed a section of moving sidewalk on the "Bridge" over Cicero Ave late last year that was causing a bottleneck.

User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2894 times:

Initially A4A and A4B were to be temporary. They are permanent gates now.

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2069 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

The new Midway is great - but it's also a victim of its own success. It had the misfortune of being designed and constructed largely before the 9/11 attacks. The architects made a huge mistake in siting the security checkpoint on the Cicero Avenue bridge, IMHO (although they had no way of knowing what was about to happen).

The Chicago DOA has done its best to expand the checkpoint, and now it fans out into the middle of what was supposed to be a vast, open airside lobby. Arriving passengers going to baggage claim get funneled through a narrow passage into the landside terminal. There's been talk of building a second security bridge, or widening the existing one, but both prospects are very expensive and not likely to happen in the next few years.

To me the new MDW is too claustrophobic. The gate areas are wonderful and HUGE improvement over the old concourses, but the landside terminal, baggage claim and security checkpoint are just as much of a pain as they were in the 1947 terminal.


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

unfortunately there was no room to expand the new terminal...unless you level several city blocks...


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User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

The major design flaw with the MDW Terminal is that all arriving and departing passengers must simultaneously pass through the very small mezzanine level before they can get where they need to go. Even before 911 this design was nonsensical, as though the designers were trying to create a bottleneck. As a frequent user who otherwise loves the new MDW facility I'm not sure this fundamental design flaw can be overcome?

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

MDW cannot be expanded anymore....ORD is too crowded...so the question is what are they going to do??? There is Gary or build a third airport....in Peotone.


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User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

I believe this is what they are going to do:
http://modernization.ohare.com/program.htm



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Would the West terminal house commercial planes/airlines? Pretty soon they will be able to make ohare a city in and of itself


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User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

It is supposed to house commercial passenger planes, and allow for a western entrance to the airport.


Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23299 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

I don't care about ORD building more gates, but it would be really nice for the runway reconfiguration to get underway. I'm sick of the shortsighted whining of many of those who live around the airport who fail to realize the problems with the current configuration. Hopefully, the city will get approval for the project in 2005 and will start building the north runway (eventually new 9R-27L). They've acquired much of the land for it and the opposition is less vocal there.


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

how many planes can land simultaneously right now at ORD?


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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

I would imagine 2......

User currently offlineAirportplan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

"how many planes can land simultaneously right now at ORD?"

3-VFR

2-IFR This is when ORD delays come into full effect. The new North 9-27 should help to reduce a great deal of this IFR delay. If the FAA stays on track, construction should begin on this runway next fall.


User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

I thought this thread was about MDW? Does anyone know what the estimated design capacity for the new facility is in terms of passengers per year?

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

They finally updated the map! http://www.ohare.com/midway/terminals/maps_facilities.shtm


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