Kansas City, MO-In just over 1 week MetroAir will be shifting its Chicago Focus City from Midway to O’Hare and with this there will be a number of questions whirling around your minds about what will happen…
All Midway flights will remain to operate as normal right through until the 28th of Feb at which point all the last/evening flights will depart Midway and operate back into Chicago O’Hare for operations to fully commence on March 1st. Any pilot wishing to simulate this by flying the outbound flight from MDW and then a return flight to ORD are welcome to to do so and Hub managers will be aware of this and will approve Pireps. Please note that you will only be able to do this on *FEBRUARY 28th. *
Therefore beginning March 1st all operations will have then switched to ORD and will continue as normal. All current MDW flights will automatically be transferred over with the addition of several new and expanded service routes. (See original blog post for full details about new and extra routes)
What will be happening at MDW? I hear you all ask. We are aware that MDW has long been a popular airport and one that is well liked by the pilots, sadly we will not be able to sustain the same level of service as we will now be doing at ORD. We will however continue to run a limited service of Q400 and E170 aircraft flights on the following routes.
1x FLL, 2x MCI, 1x EWR, 1x DFW 2x BWI 1xBOS (subject to further planning) for an un determined period of time, however Midway will cease to be a Focus City from March 1st.
Due to a lack of resources and man hours there will be a temporary break in service while replacement aircraft can be sought and new schedules be created. We estimate that service will re-start at Midway from March 15th, however a further update and final list of routes will be posted closer to the time.
O’Hare will give us a fantastic opportunity to expand our services both domestically and internationally as well as securing the future of operations in Chicago and we hope that you are all as excited as we are about the next chapter for eMetroAir
I kindly ask that during the period of change over that you pay close attention to your pireps/bids and allow for some back end system errors (I am 99% sure there won’t be any problems)* IMPORTANT TO NOTE* If you have any bids active for Midway please ensure that you fly them and file your Pirep before March 1st as any pireps submitted after that date for Midway will not be valid.
Thank you and enjoy O’Hare!