AOPA president Craig Fuller is wondering if Chicago’s Meigs Field could be reopened, now that mayor Richard Daley has announced he won’t seek re-election. On March 30, 2003, Daley closed the airport by sending bulldozers to rip up the runway in the middle of the night. According to AOPA, “Grassroots organizations such as the Friends of Meigs are still active and still agitating for the airport’s reconstruction and reopening. A number of prominent Chicago politicians, including some whose names are being floated as potential successors to Mayor Daley, have in the past said they support reopening Meigs Field.
“It would be premature for me to say that Meigs will be reopened,” said Fuller, “but I can make this commitment on behalf of all those who have fought, and continue to fight: AOPA will fully investigate any opportunity to bring Meigs Field back. Reopening Meigs Field, with its easy access to Chicago’s Loop, would allow businesses in ‘The City That Works’–as mayor Daley’s father liked to refer to Chicago–to work even more efficiently. AOPA fought hard first to prevent the closure of Meigs Field and then to pressure the mayor to reopen it. With new leadership coming to Chicago, we will work just as diligently to explore every opportunity that might bring Meigs back.”