AOPA argued yesterday (June 5) for regional solutions to the delay problems plaguing Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at the first meeting of the O'Hare Delay Task Force. The task force is supposed to "take a fresh look at the factors affecting delay at O'Hare and map out a specific plan to address them," according to Chicago Aviation Commissioner Thomas R. Walker. However, Chicago's deputy aviation commissioner, who co-chairs the task force, limited all discussion to just O'Hare airport.
"You can't deal with the delay problem in a vacuum," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president for government and technical affairs and the AOPA task force representative. "Any changes at O'Hare will affect aircraft flying throughout the entire region. And reliever airports like Palwaukee and Meigs must be part of the equation if there is going to be a solution to the delay problem."
The task force is scheduled to deliver its recommendations in six to nine months.