Chicago O’Hare Slot Program Extended Again
The FAA today published an order extending through October 28 a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. The current limitations were scheduled to end April 1, which was an extension from an original termination date of October 29 last year. Through several six-month extensions, the program has been in effect continuously since November 2004, and the FAA has concluded an evaluation of comments to a proposal that would extend the program through April 2008. A final rule is expected to be issued “shortly,” the FAA said, also claiming that the flight limits imposed since 2004 “have been effective” in easing congestion. The program limits all Part 91 and/or 135 IFR and VFR unscheduled flights to four operations per hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.