chidino wrote:muralir wrote:It seems suspiciously like they're building the T5 extension with enough space in the front to eventually build out a real T6 with actual O&D facilities, maybe with the next expansion... That would make sense. After all, no need to re-route the roadway, APS, etc. if you're just going to fill it in with an expanded terminal in 10 years.
Such new facilities would basically be mandatory if they ever extend T5 again. As it is, even with the current expansion, I'm worried that there won't be enough checkin and security space for the increased operations. Can you imagine if they add another 10 gates in a future expansion but without any new checkin/checkout facilities?
I can seen the headline: "O'Hare's T5 First to Introduce Roller Skates". At first, my thought was "Nah, Phase II of ORD 21 puts more satellites farther west." But, in a world where Delta/ST, NK or F9 (certainly could) or int'l unaffiliateds grow rapidly, they're not going to want their other gates along York Road. I never thought of that -- although wouldn't we now be talking, presumably, about 120 million + pax counts?
You're probably right. It will be a long time before T5 is expanded again. Even if delta/st/nk/f9 grow, one or more of them could easily be shifted into the other terminals. And there's no reason unaffiliated foreign carriers couldn't be in the OGT since it will have customs.
So basically, yeah, *if* American and United grow enough to fill the next two concourses *and* everyone else is also clamoring for gates as well, then maybe a T6 gets built. Or, if Delta/SkyTeam by itself grows enough to occupy all of T5 while pushing everyone else out, and they don't want to split operations into the OGT. But that will be a long time coming, if ever.