United Airlines President Comments on FAA Capacity Study, Notes Critical Need For New Runways

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from United Airlines

    CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Rono Dutta, President of United Airlines
 (NYSE:   UAL), today issued the following statement regarding the Federal
 Aviation Authority's (FAA) benchmarking study on airport capacity and
 recommendations to manage delays across the system:
     "The FAA's findings confirm the impending crisis facing our aviation
 system and the traveling public: too little capacity to meet soaring consumer
 demand.  Key airports around the country must build new runways now, or
 consumers will face increasing delays and cancellations.
     Using the FAA's projections, we expect that the average airport-related
 delay at three of United's hub airports (Chicago's O'Hare International
 Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and San Francisco International
 Airport) will more than double by 2010.
     United has invested $180 million for operational improvements in 2001 to
 manage delays.  Despite the real investment and commitment that United is
 making to our customers, dissatisfaction will remain high while the
 infrastructure remains unable to accommodate existing, let alone future,
 demand.
     We are not going to be able to solve this problem with band-aid solutions
 or approaches that result in fewer flights or higher costs to consumers.  The
 only real way to meet the growing needs of customers and communities is to add
 runways.
     The FAA's recommendations, released today, are designed to increase
 capacity at an average rate of less-than one percent over the next 10 years.
 While today's recommendations from the FAA are helpful, they fall far short of
 resolving the crisis.  We are committed to working with the FAA and with local
 communities to address the critical issues of new runways and their role in
 delivering the system improvements that customers, airlines, regulators,
 legislators, and the Administration have identified."
     United Airlines serves more of the world's business centers than any other
 airline and operates more than 2,300 departures each day on a route network
 that spans the globe.
 
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SOURCE United Airlines
    CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Rono Dutta, President of United Airlines
 (NYSE:   UAL), today issued the following statement regarding the Federal
 Aviation Authority's (FAA) benchmarking study on airport capacity and
 recommendations to manage delays across the system:
     "The FAA's findings confirm the impending crisis facing our aviation
 system and the traveling public: too little capacity to meet soaring consumer
 demand.  Key airports around the country must build new runways now, or
 consumers will face increasing delays and cancellations.
     Using the FAA's projections, we expect that the average airport-related
 delay at three of United's hub airports (Chicago's O'Hare International
 Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and San Francisco International
 Airport) will more than double by 2010.
     United has invested $180 million for operational improvements in 2001 to
 manage delays.  Despite the real investment and commitment that United is
 making to our customers, dissatisfaction will remain high while the
 infrastructure remains unable to accommodate existing, let alone future,
 demand.
     We are not going to be able to solve this problem with band-aid solutions
 or approaches that result in fewer flights or higher costs to consumers.  The
 only real way to meet the growing needs of customers and communities is to add
 runways.
     The FAA's recommendations, released today, are designed to increase
 capacity at an average rate of less-than one percent over the next 10 years.
 While today's recommendations from the FAA are helpful, they fall far short of
 resolving the crisis.  We are committed to working with the FAA and with local
 communities to address the critical issues of new runways and their role in
 delivering the system improvements that customers, airlines, regulators,
 legislators, and the Administration have identified."
     United Airlines serves more of the world's business centers than any other
 airline and operates more than 2,300 departures each day on a route network
 that spans the globe.
 
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