May 16, 2009

O’Hare gates shuffled with new alliances

U.S. airlines are shuffling the deck at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as Continental moves in with United in Terminal 1, aviation officials say.

Also, Delta Airlines will be moving from the far reaches of O'Hare's Terminal 3 closer to the middle of the airport in Terminal 2 to join its recent merger partner, Northwest Airlines, The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.

The move of Continental into O'Hare's Helmut Jahn-designed Terminal 1 facility marks the first time that any airline other than United Airlines has set up shop in the showcase area, taking four gates there starting June 1, officials said. The two airlines have said that's when they plan to begin code-sharing and selling tickets on each other's flights as new alliance partners.

The Tribune said O'Hare will be among the first U.S. facilities where United and Continental move to locate their gates closer together.

Delta's former spots in Concourse L of O'Hare's Terminal 3 are expected to be taken by American Airlines, which shares the far-flung facility with Delta, Spirit, and Alaska Airlines, the newspaper said.