ORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2255 times:
IIRC there were plans to build another bridge over Cicero Ave. in front of the WN counter. They need it. I haven't had huge issues with security times but it is very cramped and ugly for what otherwise is a fantastic airport. Both ORD and MDW are mutually inconvenient for me SO all things being the same price I prefer MDW. Great food and drink and somewhat shorter walks to gates and an very architecturally well conceived building.
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3066 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2178 times:
I think the lines are worst in the morning rush hour and during the evening. Last time I used MDW my flight left around 1:30pm took around 5 minutes to go through security.
I agree that the new MDW terminal is better and very modern. I like the food court area, especially the seating that over looks between concouses A and B. And I also agree that we need more carriers flying out of MDW. At least some international airlines from the Caribbean or Icelandair.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2176 times:
I flew out of MDW once, last week, and it doesn't take a frequent visitor to figure out that they need to rearrange that security area. Those lines arranged like a maze, you don't know which line you're on. Is it too much to ask for the lines to be arranged in a side-by-side manner like in pretty much every other airport?
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24462 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 6): At least some international airlines from the Caribbean or Icelandair. wink
It's ironic that someone with your username would be pleading for international service at MDW... If I were FI and I were coming to Chicago, I'd consider MDW. Those low A gates are much more convenient than Terminal 5, can handle a 757, and are not so utilized that FI couldn't squeeze a flight or 2 in. Get WN to interline, and away you go... everyone said WN would never codeshare, now we have TZ. Everyone says WN will never interline...
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
a little bit off topic...but how big was Southwest at MDW around the 1988-1989 period...i just remember thinking to myself that there seemed to be a few of those "ugly" jets at MDW when i flew Midway airlines.
The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
Midway7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
Southwest had 4 gates back before Midway Airlines wen't out of business - all at the end of the A concourse. They used those gates heavily, I think to the tune of about 45-50 departures a day total.
On November 13, 1991, when Midway Airlines went out of business, Southwest took over the entire A concourse. In the late 90's they also operated out of B4 and B6 in the old B concourse.
They have really built up over the years at MDW. I don't believe they use their gates to the fullest. I think the reason they have so many presently is to keep competitors out and accomodate all the RON aircraft without having to move them to the hangar pads.