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MKE To Close Terminal E?  
User currently offlinescutfarcus From United States of America, joined May 2000, 409 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

My, how times have changed!

Article link here:

http://www.jsonline.com/business/mit...e-concourse-6974d4t-172829721.html

Looks like MKE is thinking about closing terminal E. Delta, apparently, is already moving to D.

Although this is unfortunate, it actually makes a lot of sense given the current situation post AirTran/Southwest merger, IMHO.

Anyone know anything about Delta's plans to spice up D?

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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2465 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4180 times:

With DL moving to D, it doesn't make much sense to keep E open, although I don't think they should completely tear it down either. Doing that would only make lines at TSA longer and slower, and will do nothing but harm efforts to attract Chicago area travelers. And I have no idea why UA would want to consolidate in E. If it were up to me I'd put them in D30, 34, 36, and 38.


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User currently offlineIllinoisMan From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

Quoting scutfarcus (Thread starter):
Delta, apparently, is already moving to D.

Aside from this being the result of terrible mismanagement at YX and a DISASTEROUS follow-up attempt by F9, DL's move to the D concourse is a great decision. The current Sky Club is way out of date, much too small, and the E Concourse has terrible food options. It's like going into a cave and it gives business travelers coming into MKE a very bad impression. MKE isn't even on the list for TSA Pre so maybe now they'll have a chance to get on.

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 1):
With DL moving to D, it doesn't make much sense to keep E open, although I don't think they should completely tear it down either. Doing that would only make lines at TSA longer and slower, and will do nothing but harm efforts to attract Chicago area travelers.

The flight situation is getting pretty bad for flying out of MKE. I almost always end up flying out of ORD now because of the lack of flights. Most people would probably rather drive an hour and a half and fly direct from Chicago than catch a connecting flight which extends the total trip by 2-3 hours.


User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2465 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3706 times:

Quoting IllinoisMan (Reply 2):
Most people would probably rather drive an hour and a half and fly direct from Chicago than catch a connecting flight which extends the total trip by 2-3 hours.

Flying from ORD/MDW adds roughly five hours to your trip (three hours driving both ways and you need to be there an hour before departure), the gas and tolls will cost you $40, and the parking is more than twice the cost of MKE. You'd do this to save a layover? ORD/MDW also have some of the worst on-time records in the country.



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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3678 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 3):

Flying from ORD/MDW adds roughly five hours to your trip (three hours driving both ways and you need to be there an hour before departure)

Where do you get 5 hours? ORD is 60 min further drive from MKE for me. Why would I need to show up radically earlier for an ORD flight than MKE flight? 30 min buffer maybe.

2:30, and usually in the ballpark of negating time lost to a connection.

[Edited 2012-10-06 08:40:34]


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 4):
2:30, and usually in the ballpark of negating time lost to a connection.

  

It doesn't take a very long walk through any parking lot or garage at ORD to see that this happens every day.



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2465 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 4):

I live in Racine and it takes exactly 60 minutes to get to ORD from my house, and for anyone that lives past MKE its probably going to be close to an hour and a half drive, if not more. Once you get to ORD its still more of a hassle because you have to take the airport tram from the parking lot to the terminal and then the lines for TSA are usually pretty long and slow moving.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 6):
Once you get to ORD its still more of a hassle because you have to take the airport tram from the parking lot to the terminal and then the lines for TSA are usually pretty long and slow moving.

If you don't want to pay to park in the garage, I can't really help you with that. ORD has a lot of parking close to the terminals when compared to some other larger airports.

As far as TSA, ORD has so many checkpoints that it's unusual to wait more than 5 or 10 minutes if you pick your checkpoint judiciously.



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User currently offlineIllinoisMan From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 3):
You'd do this to save a layover? ORD/MDW also have some of the worst on-time records in the country.

Yes, if it were me I'd much rather bypass a tedious layover and instead drive down to ORD and get a direct flight, at a cheaper price as well. I moved from Milwaukee to Chicago a few years ago and I travel a lot for work. Since the move, I've had an excellent pick of direct flights and times with prices that work for me. Flew B6 for the first time last week and loved it. I know you don't like hearing this, but MKE is in a tail-spin. The area is just too small to support many non-stop flights to "non-hub" airports and they just can't attract as many people from Illinois as they used to. The awful construction on the airport spur returning to I-94 isn't helping - I visited MKE last month and was surprised to still see that mess as if nothing much has changed. That has been going on now for what, 2 years?


User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

From my understanding, E is the most outdated of the three concourses at MKE. D was always nice from my time at YX, and C has had a good deal of work done on it to keep it up to date.

It makes more sense to tear down E and leave the space open to someday build a new concourse should MKE grow again as an airport than it does to pay for the utility costs necessary to keep the vacant concourse idle in hopes someone else will occupy it or renovate it.



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User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3686 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

How many open gates will MKE now have?


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User currently offlinerj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 10):
How many open gates will MKE now have?

By my count,- assuming the managers have their way about United..... 6 gates open in D.... if United has their way.... 10 in D. Either way, 4 will be open in C.


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