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U.S. May Cap Flights At Chicago's O'Hare  
User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8511 posts, RR: 10
Posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3416 times:

Interesting news article.
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=5875220

I wonder what implication this would have on UAL. I doubt the government actually has the balls to do this though.

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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3336 times:
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I heard on ABC news that UA had cut flights, but Independence Air took those slots. They need to force them and they need to tell Daley that he is not going get his expansion plan going until this is solved. I believe that this needs to happen in order to fix our system.


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User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Independence did not `take' slots. There is a tendency to blame Independence Air via bad historical understanding. AFAIK, Independence has the legacy certificate for service (as ACA). Additionally, there are no `slots' at ORD. It is not a slot controlled airport. If UAL could not renegotiate an acceptable contract with ACA (to preclude ACA going Independent) and had to replace ACA with other UAex flights, that is UALs responsibility, not ACAs.


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User currently offlineORD2PHL From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

The situation at ORD is absolute garbage. UA and AA were forced to de-peak and reduce their schedule while other carriers, i.e. BR were allowed to increase flights, etc. If AA/UA are forced to again reduce; it just proves how useless the FAA is. ORD is badly in need of expansion, knock-on delays during the summer cripple the whole system; and a third airport in Chicago is NOT the answer.

ORD2PHL


User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2973 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

Yeah, BR - EVA Air increased a whole two or three flights a week. They probably come at night too.


User currently offlineHighliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 696 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

It's what needs to be done, did'nt they do that at La Guardia and it helped bring down delays? And I must also agree about the poor handling of the flight reductions. AA and UA both reduced scheduled flights, and then other carriers just added flights of their own. So basically all the FAA did was nothing, except weaken AA and UA for no good reason. It was a poor showing, they should've taken the cuts by AA and UA but also not allowed other carriers to add flights during those times, negating the cuts. The time has come for slot restrictions, it's the only way until the runway reconfig. is done.


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23155 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

If anyone is at fault for the mess at ORD, it's the FAA. In a free market, it's ridiculous to suggest that DH has no right start some new flights at ORD (regardless of whose fault their problems as UAex were), and the added flights by LO and BR have little or no effect.

The FAA, encouraged by Peter Fitzgerald, Jesse Jackson Jr, and a couple of others, has dragged its feet on ORD expansion for too long. There's no excuse for this as the summer of 2000 should have indicated that there was a problem. The economic slowdown of 2001 followed by September 11 is the only reason we had 3 tolerable summers between now and then. Now that the FAA realizes that there is a problem at ORD, its own ineffiency means that the city won't get the go-ahead to start construction on the first new runway until next year at the earliest, and completion would then be most likely some time in 2007. It seems to me that when the FAA caused this problem, they have no right to force carriers to do anything. My hope, though, is that carriers will realize that delays aren't in anyone's best interest and voluntarily reconfigure their schedules.



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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8511 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

I could be wrong but weren't UA and AA forced to "de-peak" their flights because they were the biggest offenders? I mean, realistically, how can you schedulle 10 flights within 10 minutes and expect not to have congestion and delays?

User currently offlineOkie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3116 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

UA, AA, IndyAir, or anyone else is going to "de-peak" on a voluntary basis, especially after the previous reduction and basically all that happened was UA & AA lost position and other airlines gained.

Slotting is absolutely imminent everyone is holding position to get their percentage of slots. You can call it predatory, anti-competitive, or just plain good business depending on your perspective.

What is really amazing is that passengers have not had an uprising, anyone remember the passenger bill of rights when things were booming in the mid 90's. Of course the airlines blamed ATC, ATC the airlines, many changes in ATC were suppose to have taken place by now but little has materialized.

I will stick with my timeline for ORD

1. Slotting will happen SOON
2. The ORD expansion will then happen with the airport authority/City of Chicago selling or leasing the new available slots and will be the financial benefactor.
3. For good measure throw in some Chicago politics

Okie








User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

Im in HUGE favor to see ORD to start becoming a slot restricted airport. It is needed in order to tone down traffic. I believe that some traffic CAN also be going into and out of MDW as well. Some airlines just have to try. Expanding ORD, in my opinion, is not a very good idea right now. Cut flights first, see where that takes ORD and work from that.

MDW can use some traffic, as I said earlier.....



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User currently offlineAirportplan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

"MDW can use some traffic, as I said earlier....."

You must not be familiar with MDW. Midway is less than 1 square mile in size (The entire airport is 630 acres), handles more than 18 Millions passenger per year and host 800 operations per day. Of those nearly 600 are commercial operations. In terms of gate usage MDW is near capacity even though the terminal is brand new. WN and TZ control most of the gates at MDW and turn these gates 12-14 times pre day. This rate of gate utilization is unheard of at most airports. The non WN/TZ gates have a similar number of turns but host 3-4 other carriers per gate. MDW is NOT an option to reduce traffic at ORD.


User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2043 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3034 times:

Airportplan is absolutely correct - MDW's brand-new terminal is already operating fairly close to its capacity. If anything, MDW will need relief as much as O'Hare in a few years... I think we'll see proposals for some kind of remote gate expansion before this decade is out.

As for ORD, bring on the slots! Regulation is never ideal, but when expansion hits an impasse (as it has at ORD) it's sometimes the only option. Hopefully implementing slots will grease the skids for the O'Hare expansion plan. Moving all the runways around will take at least a decade - it's important they get started soon.


User currently offlineSkyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3010 times:

As stated by the two previous posters, MDW is packed! It's not uncommon for one of our MDW flights to be put in the penalty box because of ARRIVAL DEMAND.....too many airplanes trying to land in a certain amount of ime. It seems this hits our 5:55PM flight most often.

Chris


User currently offline738_Driver From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Anyone have any ideas on how the slots should be allocated to carriers serving ORD? After all, AA and UA had a large amount of slot holdings worth a lot of money when slots were phased out in 2002. Should cariers who previously held slots at ORD have their old slot holdings reallocated to them?



User currently offlineAlitaliaORD From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

Is Hartsfield-Jackson-Delta-AirTran Intl or whatever they are calling themselves these days slot restricted?


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User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5279 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

Part of the problem at ORD is that there are too many RJs. If a legacy carrier reduces mainline service, it is not done on a one-to-one basis. Often a route that loses mainline service has more flights with RJs.

Add to the fact that RJs require more spacing in the arrival patterns, and it's no wonder that ORD is so horribly congested.

AA certainly has to share some of the blame. They have been replacing F100s with RJs, while there are 28 MD-80s and 8 767-200s sitting in the desert. Pull those mainline aircraft out of the desert and get them flying out of ORD.

Yes, cutting a route from 6 RJs to 3 MD-80s is not the best solution, but it beats waiting at the gate 45 minutes for a plane, then sitting in line another 45 minutes for takeoff.


User currently offlineBistro1200 From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

Funny, no one seems to blame the FAA for not keeping up with demand. This is the true cause, not "overscheduling". Airlines react to passenger demand, and thus so should airports. Read Mike Boyd's column this week, it hits the nail on the head. Also there are times when ORD can sustain a 100 AAR, yet storms in Cleveland's airspace prevent that from happening. Why is ZOB considered the "bottleneck" to the Northeast corridor.

This is true: There is no other industry whose ability to grow rests so much on the actions of government.



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User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3630 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

Part of the problem at ORD is that there are too many RJs.

This is true almost everywhere that there's a capacity problem. I know it's true at LGA, a slot-limited airport.

An RJ takes as much airspace as a 747 in most situations. So the downsizing of airplanes recently has actually made the congestion problem worse, not better.

This is true: There is no other industry whose ability to grow rests so much on the actions of government.

Please! Take a look at the cable industry, or the power industry, or any other transportation industry. Who runs the subways in your city, or the bus lines? What do they need to do when they want to raise fares?

There's a reason why air travel is as regulated as it is (and it's not nearly as regulated as it used to be, which is one of the problems in all honesty). It's because it needs to be. I can't even imagine a day without the FAA, where it's a complete free-for-all with no regard for safety or passenger comfort or convenience. Airlines just want money, that's all they care about, and if they're at capacity already there's very little incentive for them to do anything but add seats at the expense of everything else.

Bring on the slots at ORD, is what I say...



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User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

CO is doing its part flying to both MDW and ORD from EWR and CLE..so they should just bump airlines that Ignore MDW

User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

They're going to have to do something at several airports in the US, to include relocating a few. Unless they relo, slot allocation is the only option until LAAS is implemented.

User currently offline738_Driver From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

Just a thought... As others have pointed out, MDW is packed too. Is it possible MDW is contributing to ORD's problems because it somewhat shares the same airspace?

User currently offlineHighliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 696 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

And Midway is packed because Meigs is closed, the irony is incredible isn't it? I think MDW may be a minor factor, procedures are set up to allow an efficient flow into and out of O'Hare and MDW at the same time however. As has been stated before, it's the runways that need to be fixed.


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23155 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2732 times:

MDW and ORD have had the same runway configuration for quite some time. As a result, controllers are quite adept at handling the two. This leads to a few strange routings (MDW-MSP flights departing on 31 C and turning northeast to climb over the lake, for example), but works pretty well on the whole.


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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

Funny, no one seems to blame the FAA for not keeping up with demand.

The last time I checked, the F.A.A. is the police of aviation. But they do not run 'traffic signals' at any airport. IMO, overcrowding at ORD/MDW isnt in F.A.A.'s job description. That belongs to the airport's authority.

The F.A.A. cant say to an airline that they can only fly this many flights to ORD/MDW. Thats not their position.



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