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Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:18 pm

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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:19 pm

Are they going to keep the 2 or 3 gates off of concourse A (i think it is A4)?
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:22 pm

Yes A4A and A4B are staying.
 
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:25 pm

Wasn't that a termporary thing?
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:36 pm

Great news, although the Midway website hasn't been updated to show that the remainder of the Concourse A gates have been opened. I'm a Chicagoan and love this new facility. I'm a frequent flyer and use Midway as much as possible. Most people don't realize that 18million+ passengers are now being processed.
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:38 pm

It will probably be the end of the year before they update the map. How have the security lines been? I have not been to midway for over a year.
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:46 pm

The flow through the security checkpoint is much better since they removed a section of moving sidewalk on the "Bridge" over Cicero Ave late last year that was causing a bottleneck.
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 11:10 pm

Initially A4A and A4B were to be temporary. They are permanent gates now.
 
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 11:50 pm

The new Midway is great - but it's also a victim of its own success. It had the misfortune of being designed and constructed largely before the 9/11 attacks. The architects made a huge mistake in siting the security checkpoint on the Cicero Avenue bridge, IMHO (although they had no way of knowing what was about to happen).

The Chicago DOA has done its best to expand the checkpoint, and now it fans out into the middle of what was supposed to be a vast, open airside lobby. Arriving passengers going to baggage claim get funneled through a narrow passage into the landside terminal. There's been talk of building a second security bridge, or widening the existing one, but both prospects are very expensive and not likely to happen in the next few years.

To me the new MDW is too claustrophobic. The gate areas are wonderful and HUGE improvement over the old concourses, but the landside terminal, baggage claim and security checkpoint are just as much of a pain as they were in the 1947 terminal.
 
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 10, 2004 11:58 pm

unfortunately there was no room to expand the new terminal...unless you level several city blocks...
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:15 am

The major design flaw with the MDW Terminal is that all arriving and departing passengers must simultaneously pass through the very small mezzanine level before they can get where they need to go. Even before 911 this design was nonsensical, as though the designers were trying to create a bottleneck. As a frequent user who otherwise loves the new MDW facility I'm not sure this fundamental design flaw can be overcome?
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 1:25 am

MDW cannot be expanded anymore....ORD is too crowded...so the question is what are they going to do??? There is Gary or build a third airport....in Peotone.
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 1:35 am

I believe this is what they are going to do:
http://modernization.ohare.com/program.htm
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 1:39 am

Would the West terminal house commercial planes/airlines? Pretty soon they will be able to make ohare a city in and of itself
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:04 am

It is supposed to house commercial passenger planes, and allow for a western entrance to the airport.
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 6:31 am

I don't care about ORD building more gates, but it would be really nice for the runway reconfiguration to get underway. I'm sick of the shortsighted whining of many of those who live around the airport who fail to realize the problems with the current configuration. Hopefully, the city will get approval for the project in 2005 and will start building the north runway (eventually new 9R-27L). They've acquired much of the land for it and the opposition is less vocal there.
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 6:39 am

how many planes can land simultaneously right now at ORD?
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 6:53 am

I would imagine 2......
 
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 11:46 am

"how many planes can land simultaneously right now at ORD?"

3-VFR

2-IFR This is when ORD delays come into full effect. The new North 9-27 should help to reduce a great deal of this IFR delay. If the FAA stays on track, construction should begin on this runway next fall.
 
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Fri Jun 11, 2004 8:36 pm

I thought this thread was about MDW? Does anyone know what the estimated design capacity for the new facility is in terms of passengers per year?
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RE: Midway Airport Project Is Done!

Thu Jun 17, 2004 2:57 am

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