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tjwgrr
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C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Tue Oct 26, 2004 10:16 pm

I see C8 (Chicago Express) is using the ramp by the A4 gate area. How long ago did this happen?

No more buses to the other side of the field?
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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:13 pm

I believe that space you are talking about is for the IND shuttle flights which operate every hour. The rest of the C8 flights operate out of the remote hanger.
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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:24 pm

Yes, you are correct 7E72004. The MDW-IND-MDW shuttle uses A4 - all others still bus in from the other side of the planet.
 
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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:25 pm

If you ask me that was poor planning to have the commuter operation at the other side of the "planet." Couldn't they have come up with something so that the C8 operation was a little closer??
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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:51 pm

That is incorrect. IND shuttle flights are more-or-less guaranteed to board at the main terminal. There are additional parking spots at gates A8 and A4A that ATA has ceded to C8 that are used for flights to other cities. A few flights -- mostly during peak times -- do still depart from the South Ramp using busses.

If you ask me, it was an ingenious idea to have C8 at the South Ramp. MDW only has so much space and running a regional SAAB operation remotely makes infinitely more sense than does IAD's initial approach of parking mainline aircraft remotely and using mobile lounges. Running the over 100 SAAB flights a day out of the South Ramp also reduced taxiway and alleyway congestion which, as is now being seen, can be quite fierce during time periods when both ATA and C8 have large banks of flights. I was shocked when ATA gave C8 gates to use at the terminal. Reportedly, it was more expensive to pay for bussing employees and assets than to give up two under-utilized gates. Hopefully finances will improve and we can move back to our "home" at the South Ramp.

I really never understood all the complaints over a simple four minute bus ride.

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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Wed Oct 27, 2004 1:23 am

I count 3 or 4 C8 tails by A4. Are those all IND shuttle flights?

I have a dream......

The hanger area (south ramp) C8 parks in front of gets replaced by a MDW regional terminal built with the capability to accommodate jetbridges for RJ's.

A light rail people mover connecting terminal A to the new regional terminal.....

...... MDW dreaming......  Smile
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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Wed Oct 27, 2004 2:53 am

No, as many C8 flights as there are room for operate out of the terminal. The few that cannot be accommodated are parked at the South Ramp. This has been going on for about three weeks.

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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Wed Oct 27, 2004 2:57 am

The thing that sucks with the remote terminal is if you have atight connection. A couple of years ago i flew IND-MDW-LAX. When we landed at MDW i had only 10 minutes until the flight to LAX took off; luckily they radioed over to the main gate and they held the plane (i received a "warm" reception when i got onto the plane--i was the one that delayed it *lol*)
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RE: C8 At MDW Terminal Ramp

Wed Oct 27, 2004 2:58 am

When I flew C8 in to MDW from MSN, we were at a gate and walked up the stairs onto the jetway. When I flew out of MDW back to MSN, at gate A4, we walked out doors, over to the aircraft that was parked out on the tarmack--no buses involved.

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