Why O'Hare Direct | Better Feeder Network | Stronger Finances | More Robust Intermodal Hub

Small airplanes use the same resources as large planes, but provide a fraction of the revenues.

O'Hare's financial health depends on passenger facility charges and other volume related revenues. Smaller airplanes require roughly the same amount of resources, but provide just a fraction of the revenues of a large plane.

For example, a fully occupied 50-seat feeder flight provides just $225 in PFC revenue, while a 777-300 provides $2,475.

Fast trains can reduce the need for smaller feeder planes while increasing overall passenger volumes and revenues at the airport. This opportunity has driven airports across the world to shift short haul routes to high-speed trains. In the United States, San Francisco's airport has been one of the strongest advocates of the California high-speed project because of the opportunity to free up limited gate space for larger, international flights.