Planeboy17 wrote:ADrum23 wrote:ZBA2CGX wrote:DuPage county is pushing the City for the Western Terminal.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... n-terminal
It will come, they just got to be patient. I have a feeling phase 2 will be needed shortly after the first phase is completed.
I don’t believe the important part for the “ western terminal” is when phase 2 is necessary, it’s who will pay for it? I seriously doubt it will be UA or AA after phase 1 is built and if not them, then who? NK, F9, DL, B6? Maybe NK but I seriously doubt any other airline would be willing to anchor the terminal by themselves. Maybe all of them together could go into it. Has there been any conclusive evidence of a train to access the other terminals? I can’t remember now, but without that the airlines definitely won’t move over there. I still think the terminal is just a semi pipe dream to placate the people in the western suburbs, but I’ve certainly been wrong before.
Not quite sure what you mean by your first sentence, but there isn't going to be an western terminal per say. Over time, the UA/AA terminal space (basically everything sans T5) will be reconfigured in a layout similar to ATL, with satellite concourses from east to west connected via a tunnel and a APM. The genesis of this will begin with the upcoming demolition/reconstruction of the existing T2 into the "global terminal", and the first two satellite concourses will be built west of it. The tunnel will be dug and moving walkways installed, but the people mover will not be installed until the third satellite concourse is built. They are building a western parking/screening facility for airport employees in Phase 1, but it will not be expanded for passengers until the next phase.
Once pax traffic hits 100,000,000 (which they are predicting it could happen by the time the original project is done), Satellite 3 will be constructed and the APM will be installed (but why they aren't installing it in the original phase is beyond me, it seems like it will be a fairly long walk from S2 to the global terminal). The APM would then be connected to the western parking/screening facility and be expanded for passengers. Also somewhere in here the existing United concourses A and B would be reconstructed to better match the satellite concourses and T3 will be demolished and replaced with a L shaped concourse.
So no, there won't be a separate western terminal like originally planned, ORD will simply evolve into an ATL layout. UA/AA won't have to worry about paying for a facility they won't use. I just am baffled as to why the western parking/screening facility isn't being built for pax and the APM isn't being installed right away.