United Airlines today said that it fully supports
the U.S. government`s plans to address congestion issues at O`Hare
“This is great news for United`s customers whose travel plans include
O`Hare,” said Pete McDonald, United`s Executive Vice President -
Operations. “A reduction in the number of flights operating at the airport
during the busier times of day will provide United`s customers with the
levels of service and reliability that they deserve.
“We want to thank Senator Durbin, Secretary Mineta, FAA Administrator
Marion Blakey and Chicago`s Mayor Daley for their leadership and
willingness to work with United to find a solution to the growing number
of delays at O`Hare,” McDonald added.
Effective March 2004, United will reduce its flight schedule at O`Hare by
5% between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.—the busiest period of the day at the
airport. This action is part of an agreement reached between The
Government and United to reduce congestion at the airport. In addition to
reducing flights, United also will de-peak its schedule at O`Hare
beginning in February as another means of easing congestion at the airport.
United and United Express operate more than 3,400 flights a day on a route
network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about
United may be found at the company`s Web site at http://www.united.com/ .