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Chicago serves more than 105 million travelers, O’Hare surpasses Atlanta as busiest airport (flight operations) in United States in 2018

Chicago Department of Aviation issued this statement:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) have announced 2018 was another record-breaking year for O’Hare and Midway International Airports combined, with the most passengers served and highest volume of cargo tonnage handled to date. According to preliminary data from airlines, more than 105 million passengers traveled through O’Hare and Midway International Airports last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2017.

Also setting records, the total flight operations for O’Hare topped 900,000 for the first time since 2007. This is according to new data out by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which confirms Chicago-O’Hare has again surpassed Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for most departures and arrivals in the nation.

O’Hare handled over 83.4 million passengers in 2018, representing a steady 4.5 percent increase over 2017 and the largest year-over-year increase since 2015. Midway served over 22 million passengers, one of its highest volume years to date. These record passenger volumes include a more than 10 percent increase in international traffic fueled largely by O’Hare. This level of growth follows the significant expansion of air services by Chicago’s airline partners in recent years, with nearly 50 new domestic and international destinations added in 2018 at O’Hare and Midway combined.

Air cargo flown through Chicago also reached a new high again in 2018, with approximately 1.87 million metric tonnes handled at O’Hare. This represents a 5.7 percent increase over the previous record set by the airport in 2017. Chicago’s record-breaking air cargo is attributable to the City’s investments to increase capacity at O’Hare’s state-of-the-art Northeast Cargo Development. This $220 million cargo development will deliver an additional 800,000 square feet of cargo processing space when all three phases are complete by 2021. O’Hare is also the number one airport in all of the Americas by cargo value, processing about $200 billion in imports and exports every year.

The preliminary traffic numbers follow on O’Hare being named best connected airport in the nation for three years running, and the second-most connected in the world after London-Heathrow in 2018. Chicago’s expanding connectivity has been detailed in reports by OAG, a leading air travel intelligence company.

Supporting Chicago’s leading global connectivity, the O’Hare Modernization Program has delivered new runways and a modern new airfield layout, with approximately 50 percent more capacity than when the program launched in 2001. Working with federal partners, including the FAA, to improve O’Hare’s airfield has resulted in more flights in and out, new routes, better connections and fewer delays for passengers at O’Hare.

Chicago’s air connectivity stands to further thrive, thanks to major modernization projects at both airports, including an $8.5 billion plan to expand O’Hare’s terminals over the next decade. A modern new airfield sets the stage for O’Hare’s biggest terminal expansion yet, which will deliver more gates, new passenger amenities, and create new economic opportunity to support the City and its future. These investments are a part of Mayor Emanuel’s O’Hare 21 vision, designed to modernize facilities, expand terminal capacity, and enable O’Hare’s future growth to better connect travelers and Chicago to other parts of the world.

The Midway Modernization Program (MMP) is a nearly $400 million investment in the future of Midway International Airport by the CDA and its airline partners. It’s the largest improvement program at the airport in nearly 20 years and will upgrade travelers’ experience flying from, to, or through Midway. Midway’s modernization is expected to create over 2,500 jobs and includes amenities such as updated and expanded concessions, a vastly improved passenger screening experience, and improved parking facilities.

Final reports on 2018 year-end performance will be published on the CDA website this spring.

Buzz Airways to replace Southwest Airlines at Branson, Missouri

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Branson Airport (Branson, Missouri) has released this statement:


Branson Airport (BKG) is pleased to announce the arrival of Buzz Airways service to both Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby) beginning June 12, 2014. Fares begin at $99.00 each way including taxes. Flights will operate in each market six days per week.

Buzz Airways logo

The new flights by Buzz will replace the service currently offered on Southwest Airlines (Dallas) that is slated to end June 8. The flight schedule has been designed to allow customers to book separate tickets on Southwest in order to connect to and from other popular gateways.



Corporate Flight Management, Inc. d/b/a Buzz Airways (CFM) is a diverse aviation services company that includes Part 135 and 91 charter and management services, three Fixed Base Operations, a FAR Part 145 certified repair facility, an aircraft sales division, and FAR 141 pilot and maintenance training.

Buzz Airways will reportedly operate Jetstream 41 aircraft on the two routes.

CFM Jetstream 41 (CFM)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Corporate Flight Management.


Lakeshore Express suspends operations

Lake Express Aviation (Pontiac, Michigan), which started scheduled passenger services between Pontiac and Chicago Midway on June 6, 2013 with four roundtrips, has suspended operations. Flights were operated by Pentastar Aviation Charter (Pontiac) using 30-seat SAAB 340B aircraft . The airline also operated between Chicago (Midway) and Pellston, Michigan which began in June 2011.

Yesterday, the CEO issued this statement (no April’s Fool joke):

Dear Lakeshore Customers:

As we look forward to serving you this 2014 summer season and beyond, we are going to take a short break. At this time, Lakeshore is cancelling all future flights. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause; however, we are looking to establish a relationship with a new operating partner in order to restart service to our customers in the near future.

Full refunds will be granted for any existing reservations. Please feel free to contact us at any time by email (customerservice@lakeshoreexpress.com) regarding questions or concerns. We are building a stronger Lakeshore Express to serve you in the future!

Thank you,
Greg Stallkamp
Lakeshore Express

Copyright Photo: KenPetersen/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N9CJ (msn 224) was operated by Pentastar Aviation Charter.

Lakeshore Express Tails (LE)(LR)

Southwest Airlines announces new routes

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced its schedule through June 2014.  In the wake of the recent slot reallocation concerning New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Southwest is increasing service between LaGuardia and Nashville, Houston Hobby, Chicago Midway and Akron-Canton, Ohio. The new service begins on May 11, 2014.

Southwest Airlines also announced new nonstop service between San Diego and Orlando; New Orleans; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle/Tacoma. The new flights come as Southwest gets ready to celebrate its 32nd anniversary of serving San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

The airline also is making waves in Portland, Oregon, by offering new nonstop destinations to Customers in the northwest. That includes the two daily nonstop flights to San Diego, as well as daily service to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, and Houston Hobby.

As Southwest moves toward its final phase of integrating AirTran Airways, new nonstop service at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport includes service to Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 WL N8319F (msn 36994) lands at Las Vegas.

Southwest Airlines: AG Slide Show

AirTran Airways: AG Slide Show

Lakeshore Express to operate from Pontiac to Chicago Midway starting on June 6

Lakeshore Express Aviation is moving its base from Chicago (Midway) (MDW) to Pontiac, Michigan (Oakland County International Airport) (PTK) near Detroit. The charter airline will start scheduled passenger services between Pontiac and Chicago Midway on June 6 with four roundtrips per week according to the carrier’s website. The flights will depart from the Atlantic Aviation facility at MDW on the south side. Flights will depart from the private terminal at PTK on the southwest side of the airport.

Flights are operated by Pentastar Aviation Charter (Pontiac) using this 30-seat SAAB 340B. A service between Chicago (Midway) and Pellston, Michigan began in June 2011.

The current schedule between Chicago (Midway) and Pellston:

Lakeshore Express schedule

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Formerly operated by Colgan Air, SAAB 340B N9CJ (msn 224) is now painted in the colors of Lakeshore Express.

Lakeshore Express SAAB 340B over Chicago

Lakeshore Express logo


Frontier Airlines is restoring airline service in Delaware on July 1

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is bringing airline service back to the state of Delaware. According to the Associated Press and the Washington Post, Frontier will start Airbus A320 service in Delaware on July 1, offering three flights a week to Chicago (Midway) and Houston from Wilmington (New Castle County Airport).

Service to Orlando and Denver commences on the following day with two flights a week to Orlando and four flights a week to Denver. Twice-weekly service to Tampa starts on July 4.

Wilmington is on the south side of Philadelphia while Frontier’s new service at Trenton, New Jersey is on the north side of Philadelphia. The airline is now bracketing the Philadelphia area and highlights the airline’s new strategy to serve underserved markets.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-214 N207FR (msn 4307) (Bison) arrives at Los Angeles.

Frontier Airlines: AG Slide Show

Sun Country is coming to Chicago Midway

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has announced that they will be flying nonstop into Chicago-Midway from Minneapolis/St. Paul- Terminal 2. Flights will be operating twice daily. The new year-round service will begin on July 1, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-7Q8 N712SY (msn 28219) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Sun Country Airlines: AG Slide Show

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Route Map:

Sun Country 3:2013 Route Map

TWU Local 555 at Chicago Midway: Southwest wants to outsource some of our ramp work

Southwest Airlines‘ (Dallas) ramp workers at its Chicago (Midway) hub, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), handed out leaflets yesterday (June 19) to passengers at MDW to explain their side in the continuing contract negotiations with the company that began in July 2011 but so far have resulted in little progress according to this article by CBS News.

TWU says Southwest wants the contract authority to replace up to 20 percent of the TWU workers with contract workers provided by (lower cost) independent contractors.

Is the beginning of the end of friendly labor relations at Southwest?

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

In other news, Southwest has begun retiring its 25 Boeing 737-500s (the first two – 513 and 519 have been retired).

Copyright Photo: Roy Lock.

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