Chicago’s Midway airport is Chicago’s second largest airport, only to O’hare. With Southwest having a main hub and presence in Midway as well as a few other carriers servicing the airport, Midway is looking to be a great alternative to the vast size and amount of traffic O’hare has to offer. With Midway being such a major airport in the Chicago area you would think that it would be fairly easy to land at. However Midway is actually a very difficult airport to land at due to its runway length. In many ways this can be looked at the same way with KLGA.
With two of it’s longest runways being only 6,500 feet long, compared to all of O’hares runways being more than 7,000 feet long. These lengths can make it quite difficult for the pilot to land the plane at Midway and does not allow for many aircraft larger then a 737-800 to land at Midway. Even 737’s have a difficult time landing at Midway, hence the SWA1248 flight that had overshot the runway at MDW back in 2005. Do you think that Midway should expand one or more of their runways by a few hundred or a thousand feet? Do you think this would allow more low cost transatlantic carriers to consider MDW over ORD, such as WOW Air, or Iceland Air? Or will this allow for Southwest to expand their routs out of MDW for more long haul and heavier flights with their MAX 8’s?