I think you're right, and it's interesting what a little bit of behind the scenes lobbying can do. We can hate on Mayor Daley all we want for what he did to CGX
(and most of it is justified), but his leadership on ORD
has been visionary. MDW
has been transformed from a dump into one of the nicest passenger experiences in the country, and ORD
is slowly improving as well.
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Given past, present and foreseeable future behavior of the legacy airlines, if/when the cap is lifted, there is little doubt they will almost immediately clog the "new improved" ORD by expanding on their practice of replacing 1 mainline movement with 2-3 RJ movements, putting ORD right back to its "delays 'r us"
I'm actually not so sure. UA
is flying some BIG narrowbodies on some short routes, to places like CLE
, and DSM
. They're not going to replace a 75 with 3 RJs just because they can, and AA
's pilot issues are such that there's not going to be a whole lot of MQ
expansion at ORD
(or anywhere else) in the foreseeable future.