American Airlines refuses to sign history lease revamping O’Hare International Airport

 Thursday, March 1, 2018 


American Airlines Highlights Their Updated Logo On Newly Painted Boeing 737-800'sAmerican Airlines refuses to sign the lease for $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago alleging that its competitor United Airlines would receive additional gates under a “secret” provision.



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the eight-year expansion and revamping project of O’Hare International Airport would include a new international terminal and remodeling of others.



The $8.5 billion airport expansion which will give benefit for the MICE and luxury tourism is the largest in the history aviation industry.



It has an objective to amplify the gate capacity at the airport by a quarter.



O’Hare International Airport had 184 gates as of January and it would contribute to the project through landing fees, terminal rent and other fees. Emanuel’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment over the dispute. The airport is the third busiest in the nation by passenger traffic. United Airlines and American Airlines are top two tenants, respectively, and the dispute is raising questions about the airport’s overhaul.



American Airlines said it is exploring its next steps and that it wouldn’t sign the lease in for the secret provision which has been inserted at the last minute, awarding additional gates to United Airlines.


The deal with United Airlines creates a clear winner, namely, competition, Chicago travellers and American Airlines. United Airlines fired back calling American’s complaint “insincere” and said that the plan for the gates dates back more than a year.




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