Last-Minute Deal Inserted in New O’Hare Lease – Bad for Consumers, Bad for Competition, Bad for Chicago
The City of Chicago cut a last-minute deal with United Airlines and inserted a provision into the lease awarding the airline 5 additional gates out of a “common use” pool meant for all airlines. This gives United a leg up on the competition making it significantly harder for American Airlines to successfully operate a hub at O’Hare. How? At O’Hare, one regional gate can be used nine times a day. Five extra gates translates into 45 additional flights a day or up to two million passengers a year.
If signed, this deal will:
Limit Consumer Choice
It’s time for the City of Chicago to keep competition at O’Hare!