Chicago Airspace Can’t Handle O’Hare Expansion?


Now that Chicago’s lakefront Meigs Field is closed, probably forever, are the industry’s warnings of an adverse local impact on air traffic congestion coming true? Although not publicly connected to Meigs’ closure, a study conducted by former FAA official Joseph Del Balzo says plans to expand Chicago O’Hare International Airport would create additional airspace congestion in the area, already one of the most crowded in the world. Among the problems Del Balzo reportedly uncovered is that plans omit consideration of the traffic at outlying airports. Whether the report’s conclusion will serve as one more indication of the city’s shortsightedness in closing Meigs remains to be seen.