WBEZ | on-time departures http://www.wbez.org/tags/time-departures Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Midway ranks last in on-time departures http://www.wbez.org/story/airports/midway-ranks-last-time-departures <p><p>Chicago's Midway International Airport is ranked dead last among the 29 busiest airports in the nation in on-time departures. That's according to new statistics from the Department of Transportation for the month of November.</p><p>Joe Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University, said, &quot;Midway's feeling the pain of just growing volumes, and Southwest (Airlines) is increasingly running it as a hub. It's the second largest airport in the Southwest system. So they face the problem of having to hold flights often for late-arriving flights. So one late-arriving flight can delay a half a dozen departing flights. It's a real problem.&quot;</p><p>Schwieterman said Southwest has a &quot;massive East Coast operation.&quot; And he said the East Coast had terrible weather in November which led to some delays.<br /><br />Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said the department is not aware of any operational issues at the airport causing delays, other than occasional bad weather.<br /><br />O'Hare International Airport was 10th in on-time departures in November. Both O'Hare and Midway ranked in the middle-of-the-pack among airports in on-time arrivals for the month.</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/airports/midway-ranks-last-time-departures