I really do not see a simple solution of moving traffic around to various airports.
The congestion at ORD
is due to UA
, who of course have the hubs. How could hubbed airlines with so many connecting passengers move flights around to different airports? They just cannot. Now if other airlines with typical operations at ORD
wanted to move, this may put them at an advantage for Chicagolanders who want to avoid ORD
, but it would be a disadvantage for visitors who would want the closer airport to the city. It is a very complex issue, and I feel will ultimately be resolved with:
building up SIGNIFICANT supplement facilities at another airport
As for a short term solution....
I feel that the main traffic problem comes from the influx of all the RJ
's and huge operations of American Eagle and United Express. I feel that these feeder flights should be cut back and supplemented with larger mainline aircraft for the peak bank hours. For instance, UA
could put some 737/A320 on the MKE
route that sees 11 daily CRJ/146. I realize this would take much effort to rework aircraft in the system, but with the government now stepping in, something really has got to be done soon.