WBEZ | third airport http://www.wbez.org/tags/third-airport Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en United CEO: Peotone airport would damage Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/united-ceo-peotone-airport-would-damage-chicago-98404 <p><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; ">United Continental Holdings Inc. CEO Jeff Smisek said Thursday a third airport in Chicago would bring the city more harm than good. </span></div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">His remarks came just a few days before US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. plans to hold an event at the potental site of an airport in Peotone, to show local support of the project.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; ">Smisek said he didn't see and airport being built in Peotone because with an airport like O'Hare, there's no demand for a third.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; ">"</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">When you start diluting a hub, you damage the city. And whatever purported benefits a new airport would bring would be vastly overshadowed by the damage to the hub itself," he said.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Jackson's been working on a Peotone airport for years, as he believes it will give the South Side some much needed access to jobs and economic growth. He's planning on bringing a group of people to the site this weekend for what he calls a "people's groundbreaking." </span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">The airport has been a recent point of contention between Jackson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Though the mayor endorsed Jackson in the recent primary elections, he doesn't support the airport plan. Instead, the mayor has proposed expanding O'Hare International airport, saying it would be like adding a third airport without actually building a new one.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Smisek was quiet on the subject of O'Hare's expansion at first, saying he looked forward to the talks with the mayor. When pressed, he explained that investment would only come if there was also demand.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">"We're committed to Chicago, we're Chicago's hometown airline," he said. "We hope that the demand will be such that we can grow Chicago, and we certainly have the ability to grow Chicago if the demand is there."</span></div></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:39:05 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/united-ceo-peotone-airport-would-damage-chicago-98404 Durbin says talks have changed about a third Chicago airport http://www.wbez.org/story/airport/durbin-says-talks-have-changed-about-third-chicago-airport <p><p>Federal dollars are on the way for the design of a new air traffic control tower at O'Hare International Airport. But nothing is in the pipeline for a third airport that's been long-proposed for the Chicago area.<br /><br />Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said the recession has slowed down that discussion. &quot;It's changed because the expansion of communities and residences toward the south have slowed down. It slowed down because the state of the economy and the state of the real estate market,&quot; said Durbin.</p><p>He said that makes getting private funding to build a third airport more challenging.<br /><br />U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the priority for Illinois lawmakers has been high speed rail, roads, bridges and O'Hare. He said no one has talked to him about a third airport. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/airport/durbin-says-talks-have-changed-about-third-chicago-airport