Oops, there goes another O'Hare Airport runway

The O'Hare expansion already was in enough trouble without American Airlines declaring bankruptcy. Even before then, American and United Airlines, the airport's two hub carriers, had declared that they wouldn't fund Phase II of the expansion, which when completed would cram six parallel runways into a ridiculously small footprint. Now the city will have to suck air while it figures out an alternative source of expansion funding. Higher seat taxes anyone?

Might it also mean that American might reduce its O'Hare business? But with her usual aplomb, Rosemarie Andolino, the city's airport czar, put out the word not to worry. She said the city has been reassured that O'Hare will remain a key hub for the airline.

Right. And someone should ask her how that will happen when O'Hare is one of the most expensive airports in the nation for airlines to use. And when other cities, with lower costs, would love to grab more business

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