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FAA report: South Suburban Airport would have 'minimal impact' on Chicago's other airports

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The proposed South Suburban Airport would have "minimal impact" on other Chicago-area airports, according to a recently released report from the Federal Aviation Administration. It also concluded that Chicago's airspace could handle traffic from a third major airport during its first five years of operation. (www.chicagotribune.com) Plus d'info...

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RRKen
If Mayor Richard J Daley could not get a third airport built in Chicago, the present regime will never get this one built.
canuck44
canuck44 1
Daley had a third airport, but closed Meig's Field in the middle of the night. This airport had about 4,000 foot runway but was extendable at both ends. Had it been developed it could have filled the same role as London City or Toronto Island, convenient airports close to the business area that could have handled regional jets and turboprops for point to point service up to 1500 miles.
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
John, some of us still have fond memories of Meigs Field and loathe the Sunday night escapades of Mr. Daley and his bulldozer for the unethical and illegal actions of his administration.
canuck44
canuck44 3
The Chicago way...it would have been perfect when you consider BA flies A-318 from the 5K at LCY and most of Europe is easily reached by regional jets (I flew to BCN from there). Porter now flies Q-400s all the way to Halifax (YHZ) from Toronto Island and to EWR.

Had those services bee developed instead of destroyed, the commute time from Chicago to the entire northeast could have been dramatically reduced and the congestion at ORD reduced dramatically. But like everything else, follow the money.
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
Amen, John, Amen.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, IDK; the present administration having Obama's ear might move it along faster.
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
With 21 months left in office to weild his phone and pen anything can happen. Heck, it may become his own personal airport for all anyone knows.
preacher1
preacher1 2
Truer words never spoken.
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
Wonder if our friend Mr. Sloat has a threat for our opinions on the Chicago airport situation, maybe he will send his laywer and FAA contacts after us again for expressing ours on this article?
preacher1
preacher1 2
He can bring it on. Gene Nowak is the daddy of all the Chicago stuff and he's a pretty good old boy, whether you agree with him or not. I personally think that anything that might bring some traffic from ORD South would be a welcome thing. Once all this griping is over with though and airports and airlines move, those same ones griping about noise will start griping about having to travel so far to board a plane. I just cannot figure it out. Out in Oklahoma, Ft Sill has been out there since it was Indian territory and for years has been the premier post for artillery training. There are special building codes for about 20 miles or so around the post perimeter. None are mandatory but things you need to do if you don't want you hose falling apart from the impact of artillery shells. We bought a house in the early 60's when Dad was stationed out there, on the North side of the impact range. Hell, I could sit there and watch shells burst when they were firing out there but we knew they were there ahead of time. Quality of life was much better in a small town than in the city. It won out. 20 miles out and Dad could drive it in 10 minutes less than from 2 miles living in the city, but we knew the post was there and that they fired artillery that way.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
I can tell you the neighbors don't like the new airport. I have driven all around there and there are signs everywhere. That said, most of the land has already been bought. Last year they paid $33 mil for c56 that I fly into regularly. That runway will become the north parallel for GA ops. as I understand it the new airport is aimed primarily at the freight market rather than pax. I believe ORD has 2 new runways nearing completion at the present time.
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
Wallace, with the amount of money being poured into ORD for the new runways & taxiways (and terminal revamp?), not sure where the justification for a new airport south of the city will come from or be justified. But as Preacher mentioned above, when the Obamas move back to Chicago maybe back into their south-side digs, the 'need' for another airport closer to home could be all the reason for the go ahead, farmers and local residences be damned.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
I don't think all the politics have played out yet either. Chicago wants part of the action but the new airport won't even be in the same county as the city. The governor is on a fiscal campaign (which Il definitely needs) and might throw a couple wrenches in the works too.
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
Not sure if there is a complaint form for having to drive 10X farther to get the airport yet, but yes Preacher you are correct, they will figure out how to file a formal complaint. There is just no pleasing some people - and maybe these are people whom you do not want to sit next to on a 4+ hour flight anyway. Kudo on the story about Ft. Sill, experiences like that are what sets some of us apart from the 'regular' crowd.
preacher1
preacher1 2
Well, that may be on account of the fact that it ain't had to be done yet. Years ago when ORD was out in nowhere land, folks just built to it. Same with some others around the country.
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
Agreed, and you can see it already happening at DEN. When first built the nearest town was about 12 miles away, now there are subdivisions popping up all over within earshot of the airport. I have to believe that initially homes are being built for those who work at DEN, but eventually it will fill up with other people who are not aware of the noise from the airport and the complaints will start there to, if not already occurring. People never learn.

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