What we really need is a new airport in Chicago. And not at Peotone--that's too close to MDW and Gary. Put one around, say, Joliet.
Throw in a tower and an ILS onto the new runway at Lewis University Airport (KLOT) in Romeoville, and you could probably throw in a couple regional flights a week, and it's only a couple of miles north of Joliet. The current runway there is 5700' x 75', and sees a regular Beech 1900D, the occasional Gulfstream, and a once-in-awhile BD
-700 Global Express, either from Oakley or GM
. If you were to actually build in Joliet, there's no way you could build on the current airport (KJOT) due to the surrounding property, so the only chance you'd have of seeing an airport in Joliet is south of the Illinois River, pretty far out there. Then again, you could just fly Dash 8's, BAe-146's, and DC-3's onto the current 2000' long runway in Joliet and call that an STOL airport, but you'd p!ss off quite a few people in Joliet, Crest Hill, and a couple of other towns.
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