|Quoting HT (Reply 2):|
Would it have been wise to include "CLT" in the header ? or even rename it to "Construction at CLT: USAirways cancels 10% of flights" ?
|Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 8):|
Wasn't this planned for in advance? I mean, wouldn't CLT tell the airlines when runway repairs would be made, so that the airlines could minimize the impact on their operations?
Sounds like US was caught by surprise on this.
|Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 9):|
It's not surprising that there was no advance warning-- US seems to always have problems with coordinating their operations with the goings-on at various airports.
|Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 11):|
Things never seem to work out for US.
|Quoting Usdcaguy (Reply 12):|
How sad...there most probably not enough staff was on hand to plan for the disaster.
|Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 13):|
Just looks like another example of US mismanagement to me.
Working the Runway
Construction efforts are planned for the Charlotte runway starting Monday, May 9, at 8 p.m., through Thursday, May 12, at 6 a.m. Runway 18R/36L will be closed during this period, while worn concrete slabs are replaced.
US Airways has been working with the Charlotte Airport Authority, the Federal Aviation Administration southeast region, and local Air Traffic Control to minimize delays during this event.
The Operations Control Center (OCC) has gathered a team including Dispatch, Aircraft Routing, Crew Routing, Operations Planning and Analysis, and Customer Information Coordination to select limited flights for thinning of the operation. Teams at US Airways Express carriers Mesa, PSA and Piedmont are evaluating operations, as well.
“In a project of this magnitude, it is important to determine every possible scenario to ensure the least disruption to our operation and the best alternatives for our customers,” said Bob Maloney, managing director of Operations Control and Planning.
Bob explained that a reduction to Charlotte operations will be necessary during the construction work period. Up to ten percent of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s flights may be canceled, which will reduce delays for those flights operating as scheduled. “Even with the reduced schedule, it will be a challenging environment. All hands will be on deck to get aircraft on and off of the airport taxiways,” he said.
OCC will make every effort to forecast cancellation needs on Sunday, giving Reservations plenty of time to contact and re-accommodate our customers for the week ahead. Reservations is prepared to process the flights immediately and has established a dedicated team of representatives to assist affected customers. OCC will monitor the situation in Charlotte and will issue guidance or take additional action as necessary.
|Quoting A330323X (Reply 14):|
This was posted on the Hub, US's company intranet, on Saturday: (snip)
|Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 10):|
Repairs such as those detailed in the linked WCNC article are typically planned out well in advance. As airport operators, we try to give our tenant airlines as much forewarning as we can on projects that affect airport operations. As an example, we closed our runway 10/28 (our primary runway) earlier this year for a complete reconstruction, which will take nine months. Our airlines, while not liking it for a minute, and having to take weight penalties off certain flights, were warned far in advance, and had plenty of time to make their contingency plans. I'm sure the CLT airport people kept US and their other carriers fully advised of what was coming.
Tom at MSY
|Quoting Usdcaguy (Reply 12):|
How sad...there most probably not enough staff was on hand to plan for the disaster. CLT is one of US Airways' nicest operations and deserves to be kept running 100% of the time.
|Quoting RDUDDJI (Reply 27):|
yeah things change alot when TSTMS roll in. Look at the time on my post it was two hours before yours.
|Quoting SHUPirate1 (Reply 28):|
My fault...didn't notice the time stamps
|Quoting FlyinTLow (Reply 33):|
Why don't they close the runway from let's say midnight to 4am. I doubt US has too many flights around that time. That means just 4 hours. Giving the 2 days estimated by CLT, the refurbishing would require 48 hours. So if you have just 4 hours now instead of 24 each day, that would make 12 days. Give them an extra couple of days, and i think the costs would still be very well lower than cancelling 10% of the flights.
|Quoting FlyinTLow (Reply 36):|
Well duh, tear up 1/10 of it and fill it up again one night, pull all the vehicles off the runway again. The next night you challenge the next 1/10.