If anyone is at fault for the mess at ORD
, it's the FAA. In a free market, it's ridiculous to suggest that DH
has no right start some new flights at ORD
(regardless of whose fault their problems as UAex were), and the added flights by LO
have little or no effect.
The FAA, encouraged by Peter Fitzgerald, Jesse Jackson Jr, and a couple of others, has dragged its feet on ORD
expansion for too long. There's no excuse for this as the summer of 2000 should have indicated that there was a problem. The economic slowdown of 2001 followed by September 11 is the only reason we had 3 tolerable summers between now and then. Now that the FAA realizes that there is a problem at ORD
, its own ineffiency means that the city won't get the go-ahead to start construction on the first new runway until next year at the earliest, and completion would then be most likely some time in 2007. It seems to me that when the FAA caused this problem, they have no right to force carriers to do anything. My hope, though, is that carriers will realize that delays aren't in anyone's best interest and voluntarily reconfigure their schedules.