United Airlines today said that it has reached an agreement with the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) to further address congestion issues at
O’Hare International Airport.
“In cooperation with the FAA, we believe that we’ve reached an acceptable
short-term solution that will significantly improve congestion at O’Hare,”
said Pete McDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“Over the long-run, more needs to be done to equitably address O’Hare’s
congestion issues while responding to customer demand for service,
including the ongoing effort to expand capacity through the O’Hare
Effective November 2004, United will reduce its flight schedule at O’Hare
by approximately 5%, or 20 arrivals, during the peak hours between 12 p.m.
and 8:59 p.m. Total operations at O’Hare will remain at near-current
levels as a result of utilizing capacity during non-peak hours, and United
will continue to provide service to all markets currently served out of
O’Hare. The company is evaluating which flights will be affected. These
reductions will be in effect through April 2005.
To address delays, United has been working with the FAA and city officials
since the beginning of the year and already has made a number of
significant schedule changes at O’Hare. In February 2004, United depeaked
its schedule at O’Hare, followed by a 5% schedule reduction at O’Hare in
March and an additional 2.5% schedule reduction there in June.
today issued the following statement:
“American Airlines intends to comply with the Federal Aviation
Administration’s latest order outlining flight reductions for American
effective Nov. 1 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. As evidence of
American’s support to improve the dependability of operations at O’Hare,
this marks the third schedule reduction by American and American Eagle
since February of this year.
“We appreciate the role of the FAA and the U.S. Department of
Transportation in developing this latest order to provide near-term
improvement at O’Hare. However, long-term solutions need to focus on
increasing capacity at O’Hare rather than restricting schedules. Reducing
schedules adversely affects smaller cities that are dependent on access to
the nation’s air transportation system through O’Hare.
“American supports the O’Hare Modernization Program, which will increase
“American has not yet completed work on its late Fall 2004 and Winter 2005
schedule and therefore will not yet be able to provide information on
which flights will be affected by this latest FAA order.”
US Airways said today
it supports the joint order issued by the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which
will reduce operations related delays at Chicago O’Hare International
“Secretary Mineta and Administrator Blakey have shown tremendous
leadership in dealing quickly with the congestion issues at O’Hare, which
have an impact on the entire aviation system,” said Alan W. Crellin,
executive vice president of operations. “While we have a relatively small
flight schedule at O’Hare, it is still important for US Airways to have
access and remain competitive, and during this proceeding, DOT and FAA
officials have worked hard to strike a careful balance.”
US Airways operates 19 daily flights from O’Hare, with six-times daily
service to both Charlotte, N.C., and Pittsburgh, and seven daily flights
to Philadelphia. US Airways is the nation’s seventh-largest airline,
serving nearly 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean
and Latin America. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways
Express partner carriers operate over 3,300 flights per day.