27. January 2011 06:50
United Airlines and American Airlines finally decided to file a lawsuit against Chicago city officials over the ongoing dispute over the continued expansion of O’Hare International Airport.
The dispute arose as the airlines now have to pay the higher landing fees and rents that will cost around USD 2 billion of the total second bill cost of project, which is estimated to be USD 3.4 billion. Though the airlines have requested to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino to postpone construction, yet no action has so far been taken in this regard.
The first phase of the project is nearing completion and the Mayor is eager to push the project into the second phase and avoid further delays.
However, the Mayor said that if the project will be delayed then it may lead to higher cost of the project and which might also result in the abandoning of the project. "We would prefer to have a dialogue with the airlines and negotiate rather than go through a court process,” said Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.