Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Milwaukee's airport gains at expense of O'Hare

While O'Hare and Midway airports are losing business, Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport is enjoying new growth. You can thank Mayor Richard M. Daley for that.

Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport posted record increases in 2008 compared with 2007, for the 17th straight months of record growth. The reason? O'Hare is a mess and for many travelers in northern Illinois, Mitchell has become a viable alternative: lower fares, few of the delays that choke O'Hare.

Daley's obsession with expanding O'Hare with an unworkable plan has led to this bad news for Chicago. Instead of a more reasonable plan, and a state-of-the-art south suburban airport to relieve O'Hare, Daley has pursued an expansion plan whose main objective is not a better, more efficient airport, but more jobs and contracts for loyalists.

Milwaukee should send a big "thank you" to Daley for the business.

1 comment:

O'Nokko said...

Good god man, are you joking? Peotone is one of the worst pork barrel projects in history and would do nothing but destroy a nice area of rural illinois. The answer is true high speed rail to Milwaukee for the north suburbs and to Gary for the south suburbs. It would cost a fraction of Peotone and you wouldn't have to spend a dime on O'Hare.