Sun, Apr 06, 2003
All Windy City Businesses Including UAL To Be Targeted
already hearing from members who are planning to boycott the city
of Chicago and any business located there until Merrill C. Meigs
Field is reopened.
One member who is scheduled to exhibit at a convention in
Chicago sent AOPA a copy of a letter he'd sent to Mayor Richard M.
Daley's office. "We had planned to bring our personnel and
equipment into Meigs Field. It is too late to cancel our attendance
due to booth space commitments. However, we will reduce the number
of employees attending the event from eight to two. We will not
attend future conferences in Chicago and will avoid commercial
flights to Chicago or flights that connect in Chicago until Meigs
Pressure On Daley
"AOPA will bring all possible pressure to bear on
Mayor Daley," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Pilots are letting
Daley know that his destruction of this valuable airport has
Another member who was scheduled to attend a seminar in Chicago
next week called and canceled, telling the seminar sponsors that it
was because of the Meigs Field closure.
The anger among the general aviation community is not limited to
the United States. One member from England wrote, "I have already
re-scheduled a flight from the UK to San Diego with United which
was due to land in Chicago, and I have informed United of the
reason for my change of airline."
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