|Quoting CIDFlyer (Thread starter):|
What's available at ORD? Any more gates on L? Or at terminal 5?
|Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 3):|
Given that they have the highest profit margins in the industry, I th ink they must be making $$$ at FLL
|Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 1):|
IIRC, NK uses 3 out of the 11 gates on Concourse L at ORD. One of the gates is split with 3E (Air Choice One), though NK uses the jetway portion and 3E boards from the ramp. The rest of the L gates belong to AA (6 gates), B6 (1 gate), and VX (1 gate).
NK once used T5 at ORD, but moved to T3 several years ago. Although T5 is common-use, they wouldn't be able to get gates during peak times, and T5 gates are more expensive to operate from than T1/2/3. As NK is a ULCC, they may not be able to absorb the extra cost of using T5, and keep in mind that NK used T5 long before they were a ULCC.
Unless AA is willing to give up some gates on L (and I think they actually might want to in Chapter 11), NK doesn't have much more room to grow at ORD. But I could see AA giving up some L gates, as AA and NK target very different clientele and don't really compete with each other. And I'm sure AA would be fine with giving leisure junk-yield traffic to NK so they can focus on bread-and-butter business travelers.
I do know that NK has looked at GYY (now served once again by G4 to SFB), but I have a feeling that GYY service would complement, not replace ORD. Different parts of Chicagoland, different demographics, different catchment areas, different story.
|Quoting apodino (Reply 10):|
I don't think a new terminal will be built in the near term because AA and UA would be forced to pay for it and they of course don't want to do that.
|Quoting ROSWELL41 (Reply 9):|
Starting this month NK is running a 1am departure bank to FLL, RSW and MCO from ORD.
|Quoting apodino (Reply 10):|
In the near term, what is more likely to happen is for the Satellite in E to reopen
|Quoting deltaffindfw (Reply 12):|
Satellite E will reopen. As part of the TRIP project, they need the satellite terminal as they close down certain parts of Terminal E for construction. In fact, as of a week or so ago, they have fenced in the satellite and have begun working on it. I saw the lights on inside while flying out at night.
|Quoting LOWS (Reply 15):|
I guess they will run shuttle buses to and from the regular terminal E?
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