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User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

I was just curious as to how the international flights at ORD were handled before Terminal 5 was built.

Was there an existing structure there that was torn down? Did certain airlines park at certain terminals? etc. etc.

Does anybody know?


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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

There was a terminal 4 which I believe was just for international arrivals (maybe departures as well). I'm not sure what happened to it, I believe it was like on the ground level somewhere near one of the existing terminals.

As for the name of Terminal 5: "When Terminal 5, O'Hare's international terminal, opened in 1993, the designation of Terminal 4 was reserved for the next predominantly domestic terminal. But since then, United Airlines and American Airlines, the largest carriers at O'Hare, flinched at the escalating cost of Chicago's World Gateway terminal expansion project--now more than $3.6 billion. Terminal 4 is stuck in a holding pattern."
--Jon Hilkevitch of Chicago Tribune


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User currently offlineMidexjet From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

Prior to T-5, there was the ORIGINAL T-1, which is the current site of United's T-1. After T-5 was built, T-1 (orig) Was torn down for UAL to build the current T-1. Interesting fact is that Braniff's gates were on the "B" concourse, which was actually T-1 1/2!

User currently offlineJetdoctor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

Prior to T-5 at O'hare, T-4 was used for international arrivals (with Customs and INS) The arriving aircraft would park on a hardstand and passengers would be bussed to the T-4 arrival terminal (which was under the parking garage) Outbound international flights could be conducted in 2 ways. One would be the reverse of a T-4 arrival. You would check in at T-4 and be bussed to your aircraft. The other option with some airlines (such as BA) would use United's terminal for departures only.

Right now T-4 is just an extended parking lot, with no immediate plans for anything else


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