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Old July 26th, 2011, 09:13 PM   #61
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So you have had one bad experience? Okay

Anyways lets just keep this thread orientated on new developments at O' Hare and Midway. If you have a complaint about the airport just create a new thread somewhere.
Why only developments? I find comments about quality of service (food, shopping, waiting times and facilities etc.) quite useful. If you add food franchises do you count it as a development or just service improvement?
New airline. Is it development?

BTW the thread title is: "MDW/ORD | Chicago Area Airports"
It doesn't say anything about "developments only".
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Old July 26th, 2011, 11:33 PM   #62
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Why only developments? I find comments about quality of service (food, shopping, waiting times and facilities etc.) quite useful. If you add food franchises do you count it as a development or just service improvement?
New airline. Is it development?

BTW the thread title is: "MDW/ORD | Chicago Area Airports"
It doesn't say anything about "developments only".
Honestly some of these criticisms can be applied to any major US airport but I digress.

Anyways I created this thread to highlight any new developments, airline services, etc taking place at either Chicago or Midway and I intend to keep the focus of this thread exactly on that. The whole purpose of this website is to highlight new infastructure/building taking place, or other newsworthy events such as new airline services, not to have a huge debate on why this airport/city sucks (which is against SSC's rules and regulations btw).

I understand that many people have had several bad experiences there but there are numerous other forums such as where they can discuss how "horrible" their experiences at O' Hare were. Having one long rant about why ORD or MDW sucks here takes away the single purpose of this thread.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 03:38 AM   #63
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Honestly some of these criticisms can be applied to any major US airport but I digress.

Anyways I created this thread to highlight any new developments, airline services, etc taking place at either Chicago or Midway and I intend to keep the focus of this thread exactly on that. The whole purpose of this website is to highlight new infastructure/building taking place, or other newsworthy events such as new airline services, not to have a huge debate on why this airport/city sucks (which is against SSC's rules and regulations btw).

I understand that many people have had several bad experiences there but there are numerous other forums such as where they can discuss how "horrible" their experiences at O' Hare were. Having one long rant about why ORD or MDW sucks here takes away the single purpose of this thread.
Who said about sharing horrible experiences???
But some informations about quality of service are not against SSC's rules. In plenty of other threads people have robust discussion about different subjects rather than strictly just posting glossy pictures and renderings copied from the official websites or newspaper articles.
That's why it is called forum rather than photo website of purely message board.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 08:04 AM   #64
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Who said about sharing horrible experiences???
But some informations about quality of service are not against SSC's rules. In plenty of other threads people have robust discussion about different subjects rather than strictly just posting glossy pictures and renderings copied from the official websites or newspaper articles.
That's why it is called forum rather than photo website of purely message board.
I don't have a problem with discussing about people's negative or positive experiences with the airports in question.

However I also just don't want it to take up ten or more pages of this thread for example since it takes away from discussing on here, any new developments occuring at either ORD or MDW or any other airport on here for that matter.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #65
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Air France, Alitalia to suspend service out of O'Hare
By Robert Channick
7:06 p.m. CDT, July 12, 2011
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7:06 p.m. CDT, July 12, 2011
Terminal 5 at O'Hare International Airport will have a little less of an international flavor this winter. Two major European carriers, Alitalia and Air France-KLM, will temporarily suspend direct service out of Chicago in response to high fuel prices and sagging seasonal demand.

Alitalia will ground its daily Chicago-to-Rome route in December, with plans to resume service in April. And Air France-KLM will halt its daily Chicago-to-Paris flight from October to March, with Delta Air Lines taking over the route in the interim.

O'Hare International Airport "Air France saw where they could use that aircraft more profitably somewhere else," said Trebor Banstetter, a Delta spokesman. "Because Delta has actually cut back on a number of trans-Atlantic winter routes, we had that plane available."

The three, along with KLM, the Dutch airline that merged with Air France in 2004, are part of a venture to share capacity, bookings and profits on service between North America and Europe. The cutbacks are an effort to reduce trans-Atlantic capacity by about 10 percent this winter in the face of rising fuel costs, which have grown 51 percent in the last year, according to the International Air Transport Association.

"Jet fuel prices have gone up incredibly this year, and these flights are very costly to operate from a fuel basis," Banstetter said. "We've brought down our capacity somewhat during the winter season because that's when demand for flying drops quite a bit."

Launched in 1997 by KLM and Northwest Airlines, which merged with Delta in 2008, the venture took full flight in 2009 with the coordinated service between Air France-KLM and Delta. Alitalia joined last year, giving the venture 26 percent of the airline industry's trans-Atlantic capacity.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 03:38 AM   #66
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great use of space and land for the runways in Midway!!
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Viva Aerobus is to start new direct service to Monterrey from Chicago-Midway.

VivaAerobus Now Traveling to Chicago to Connect with Monterrey
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Old July 30th, 2011, 06:33 AM   #68
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great use of space and land for the runways in Midway!!
Unfortunately there is not much land to go around since right after Midway was built new neighborhoods sprouted up besides it making expansion impossible, which is why many politicians in the Chicago area are looking at a third airport to relieve passenger operations at both Midway and O' Hare. So far they have looked into either building a new airport at Peotone or expanding the airport in Gary, Indiana.
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Chicago Tribune - 2 planes clip wings at O'Hare
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Old July 31st, 2011, 06:21 PM   #70
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I don't have a problem with discussing about people's negative or positive experiences with the airports in question.

However I also just don't want it to take up ten or more pages of this thread for example since it takes away from discussing on here, any new developments occuring at either ORD or MDW or any other airport on here for that matter.
BTW, I just have booked flight to ORD so will be able to judge the service myself
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Old August 1st, 2011, 05:57 AM   #71
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BTW, I just have booked flight to ORD so will be able to judge the service myself
Well I hope everything runs smoothly and that you have a nice visit.

By the way just out of curiosity are you having a layover there or are you just heading into Chicago?
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Old August 1st, 2011, 06:39 PM   #72
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Well I hope everything runs smoothly and that you have a nice visit.

By the way just out of curiosity are you having a layover there or are you just heading into Chicago?
I'll stay in Chicago for a day or two and then I'm heading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
I was considering flying to DTW but ORD is about £50-70 cheaper.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 09:47 PM   #73
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I'll stay in Chicago for a day or two and then I'm heading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
I was considering flying to DTW but ORD is about £50-70 cheaper.
Okay.

Anyways if this helps, all International Arriving flights arrive at Terminal Five where you clear customs. If you are planning to use the CTA Blue Line to get downtown first you have to get on the "people mover" to Terminal Three then you should see signs for "Train Into The City" which should lead you to the CTA Blue Line.

Also if you have any questions regarding Chicago here is a great thread for that purpose.

The Official "I'm visiting/moving to Chicago, what should I do?" Thread

Anyways enjoy your visit.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:53 AM   #74
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Okay.

Anyways if this helps, all International Arriving flights arrive at Terminal Five where you clear customs. If you are planning to use the CTA Blue Line to get downtown first you have to get on the "people mover" to Terminal Three then you should see signs for "Train Into The City" which should lead you to the CTA Blue Line.

Also if you have any questions regarding Chicago here is a great thread for that purpose.

The Official "I'm visiting/moving to Chicago, what should I do?" Thread

Anyways enjoy your visit.
My journey didn't start yet and there are already complications. My booking agent called me today saying that Virgin changed schedules and my Tuesday 27th September flight back to London will no longer be operated. I had choice of going day later or earlier, or get refund.
I decided to stay one day longer
Is Virgin cutting services to ORD??? Or is it some one time situation?

BTW I'm renting car straight away. Are rental lots far from the terminals?
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 10:57 AM   #75
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My journey didn't start yet and there are already complications. My booking agent called me today saying that Virgin changed schedules and my Tuesday 27th September flight back to London will no longer be operated. I had choice of going day later or earlier, or get refund.
I decided to stay one day longer
Is Virgin cutting services to ORD??? Or is it some one time situation?

BTW I'm renting car straight away. Are rental lots far from the terminals?
I have not heard anything about Virgin Atlantic cutting any services at ORD but they tend to operate the ORD-LHR route on a seasonal basis. I should also mention that both British Airways, United, American also offer direct flights from LHR to ORD so if you find yourself stranded without a return flight I guess that is an option.

Anyways all of the desks for the rental cars are on the lower level near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. I believe they offer a shuttle from the airport to the lot, but I am not 100% sure since I never had a need to rent a car from ORD.

Also a word of advice: You do not want to drive inside the city of Chicago if you can help it since parking is a hassle in most areas (and expensive as well). Just find a park and ride lot somewhere and use either the "L" or the Metra to get into the city.

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Both O' Hare and Midway could have slot machines inside the terminal if this legislation passes thru.

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Governor's approval might produce arms race in other cities
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By Bill Ruthhart, Tribune reporter
August 7, 2011

The spinning cherries, blinking lights and ringing bells of slot machines — hundreds of them — soon could top the list of first impressions for Chicago visitors arriving at O'Hare and Midway airports.

No U.S. city outside Nevada offers airport gambling, but experts predict if Gov. Pat Quinn opens the concourses to slots in the Windy City by signing landmark gambling legislation, many others would quickly jump into the action.

"Given the arms-race nature of gambling expansion these days, airports are one of the final frontiers," said Joe Weinert, senior vice president for New Jersey-based Spectrum Gaming Group, a research firm that conducts studies for casinos and state governments.

"If slots do come to O'Hare and Midway, in pretty short order you'll see it in other airports as well."

Industry experts also agree that if slot machines are installed at the airports, it could create a new image for Chicago: gambling capital of the Midwest.

But critics say such a high-profile move would bruise the city's reputation.

"Your airports become who you are. They are the face of your city," said the Rev. Tom Grey, a Chicago native and senior adviser to Stop Predatory Gambling, a national group fighting the Illinois legislation.

"Tell me where ca-ching and playing Wheel of Fortune fits with the welcoming impression you want to project, especially when you are one of the most in-debt states in the nation."

There are also concerns that the payoff won't be worth the gamble.

A Tribune analysis of a decade's worth of revenue at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Reno-Tahoe International Airport shows slot machines at those locations produce far less revenue than slots at casinos in those cities and at riverboat casinos in Illinois.

Under the legislation lawmakers passed in May and under review by Quinn, Chicago would be allowed 4,000 gaming positions to divide among a downtown casino and the airports. At O'Hare and Midway, those positions would be slot machines beyond security checkpoints.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel lobbied heavily for a Chicago casino and the revenue it would bring the cash-strapped city, but state Rep. Lou Lang said Emanuel didn't seek airport slots.

Lang, an architect of the bill, said no lawmakers requested that provision either, but he included it to give the city flexibility.

"If you go to Las Vegas, the slot machines at McCarran airport are very highly visible and very well used," said Lang, D-Skokie. "The whole theory behind gaming is to attract as many new people that are not Illinois citizens. That's what you get at the airport."

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Las Vegas travelers have played slots as long as anyone — or at least the airport's historian — can remember, said Chris Jones, spokesman for McCarran.

The dusty strip already had the one-armed bandits more than 60 years ago when Clark County bought the private airfield to convert it into a commercial airport, Jones said.

Today, more than 1,200 slots pepper the five concourses.

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Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens at Midway International Airport

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Are there any pics from the construction of 10C/28C anywhere on the net?
It would be interesting to follow the progress.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #79
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I already created a thread for O' Hare and Midway here. Someone should merge this thread with the pre-existing thread.

MDW/ORD | Chicago Area Airports
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