O’Hare airport revamp: What’s in store? – Transportation News

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9 March 2018 | 10:30 am

The proposed new lease at O’Hare, which includes the first serious overhaul of the airport’s terminals in 25 years, offers a glimpse at who gets what, how much some of the projects will cost and what’s on the city’s long-term wish list.

The biggest projects in the $6.1 billion Phase 1 construction program are:

• $1.6 billion for the new Terminal 2.

• $691 million in baggage-handling infrastructure.

• Two satellite concourses, which will provide most of the new gates, costing $1 billion combined.

The new agreement also authorizes more than $1 billion in overdue construction projects, including everything from runway improvements to repairs and renovation of existing terminals, which will play out through 2033.

The roofs of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, which are home to United and American, will be replaced at a cost of $100 million combined. Public areas in most of the concourses, a frequent source of embarrassment for city officials and a target of snickering from passengers, will get makeovers, too.

As it renovates Terminal 2 and builds new satellite concourses, the city also will lay the foundation for a people mover, or underground train that will connect a parking and security screening facility that will be built on the west side of the airport all the way back to Terminal 3, which currently is home to American Airlines.

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An underground tunnel will be built connecting Terminal 2 to the satellite concourses, but plans call for accommodating future people-mover stations.

Completing the project, including purchase of the trains, will cost an additional $1.3 billion. A people mover would make the western terminal, long sought by DuPage County leaders, more viable. But O’Hare will have to grow a lot. The airport wouldn’t start building out the people mover until the number of passengers tops 101.5 million a year for three years. Currently, it’s about 80 million.

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The details are laid out in an ordinance introduced to the City Council, which is expected to vote on it next month. The agreement shifts the power at O’Hare because it no longer gives carriers exclusive use of gates, regardless of how much they’re flying. In the future, the city can allocate gates based on flying. The biggest airlines—United and American—no longer hold veto power over the airport or each other.

American, the second-largest carrier, hasn’t yet signed on to the agreement. But United and most of the others have agreed. The agreement reveals why Mayor Rahm Emanuel feels he can push ahead without American’s approval. If the City Council approves the deal, and airlines that carry at least 50 percent of O’Hare’s passengers sign off, it will take effect.

The agreement, filed this week, also provides a glimpse at how much additional space some of the smaller carriers at O’Hare will get in the makeover. The documents filed with the city don’t spell out the number of gates that will be built or how many each carrier will get. But they do provide the amount of square footage the airlines use at different terminals.

Along with the construction of a new Terminal 2 and satellite concourses west of the main terminal complex, the city is shuffling carriers so that airlines and their alliance partners are in the same facilities.

DELTA, SPIRIT, JETBLUE

Delta will also move to Terminal 5, along with Spirit and JetBlue, two carriers that have expanded in recent years but haven’t been able to get as many gates as they want. International passengers on United and American depart from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, respectively, but fly into Terminal 5, the airport’s designated international terminal.

When Terminal 2 is revamped, international passengers on United and American can fly into Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

When it’s done, Spirit will more than double its space to 44,000 square feet; JetBlue will increase space 59 percent to 7,500 square feet; and Delta will add 19 percent more space to 70,164 square feet. The agreement doesn’t list the space for United and American after Terminal 2 is rebuilt and the satellite concourses are added. Currently, United has 921,346 square feet across the airport, and American has 679,353.



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