CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2212 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 908 times:
Starting February 2002 ATA will have flights to Puerto Viallatra, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Punta Canta, and Aruba from Midway. Do you think that Midway should be used as a international airport or used as a municipal airport like it has been doing? Do you think that ATA should move their international destinations to another airport besides Midway? They had just built a new terminal entrance and they are going to build new gates there in the years ahead and a customs facility for international travelers. Do you think that Midway can handle International passengers or was it meant for regular people just traveling in the USA?
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 833 times:
Well first of all, MDW is not a municipal airport. It is a domestic airport. Secondly the new terminal facilities will allow enough space for customs to be built. This was in the original plans for expansion since ATA wanted to add international service out of its number 1 hub. MDW has been a real winner for them and they're just going to keep on expanding there. MDW can easily handle international flights because we're obviously not talking about 747's or other widebodies but rather 737's and 757's to international destinations. The airport already handles those types of aircraft, so increased passenger volumes shouldn't be too much of a problem. Once the new terminal and gates are complete, there should be no problem adding international destinations. The only airline likely to fly outside the US from there would be ATA and there are rumors that Mexicana might start service there.
Unitedflyer1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 777 times:
thats interesting, the FAA stopping that.. hmm.
well, the runways ARE enough for the 762, thats for sure. from: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/767family/background.html
With its advanced-design wing and powerful engines, and at a maximum gross weight of 300,000 pounds (136,080 kg), the basic 767-200, can take off on only 5,700 feet (1,735 m) of runway. It can operate nonstop between New York and San Francisco with a two-class load of 224 passengers.
The runway 13C/31C at Midway is approx. 6500 feet long, im not saying that the terminal and ramp area could take it, but the runway can. i just was asking if the terminal gates would be made big enough for it.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 755 times:
Noise restrictions have nothing to do with the L10 not going to MDW. 727's are louder. Lack of runway and ramp space is. However the airport can handle a 767 but I really doubt that they are planning anything bigger than a 753 for that field.
ATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1367 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 747 times:
MDW facilities runways/Terminal area cannot handle a L10. A fully loaded L1011-100 has a very long takeoff roll over 11,000 feet check it out in the stats. The 753 realy isnt replacint he Tristars it is supplementing them and adding new services to our scheduled rte structure that the 752 wasnt suffice. The Tristars will mainly be used on our military contracts/charters and our west coast operations to Hawaii. The tristar 500's will be used on long range charters.