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Old 09-24-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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I'm booking my holiday flights. There is a flight on Christmas day that has a connect in Midway. I've always heard bad things about air travel in Chicago so I always made an effort to avoid that city if I could. If I want to avoid Midway, I get a flight on the evening of the 26th, which isn't bad. I'm just thinking about risking going through Chicago to get where I am going on Christmas day. Is it worth the risk?
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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Anywhere you fly that is subject to snowstorms can cause missed/delayed/canceled flights in the winter.
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Old 09-26-2009, 05:31 AM
 
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I have never flown thru Midway so I can not say for sure how bad it would be. However I have flown many times on Christmas day. I have always found the passenger loads to be light.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:30 AM
 
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I'm booking my holiday flights. There is a flight on Christmas day that has a connect in Midway. I've always heard bad things about air travel in Chicago so I always made an effort to avoid that city if I could. If I want to avoid Midway, I get a flight on the evening of the 26th, which isn't bad. I'm just thinking about risking going through Chicago to get where I am going on Christmas day. Is it worth the risk?
Nearly every hub in the Midwest can be closed down on Christmas if there is a sufficiently large snowstorm. That is always a risk that you take on ANY winter travel.

As for Midway, generally there are fewer delays and cancellations than at Chicago-O'Hare. Since there are fewer planes on Christmas Day (a lot fewer), you are less likely to face a delay.
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:47 PM
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Midway is great,it's O'Hare you want to avoid and as the previous poster said,the holidays themselves are light travel days,it's the days immediately before and after that get grotesque. Have a great trip.
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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Midway is great,it's O'Hare you want to avoid and as the previous poster said,the holidays themselves are light travel days,it's the days immediately before and after that get grotesque. Have a great trip.
Unlike Thanksgiving where travel is concentrated over four days, the Christmas traffic seems to be more spread out over a longer period. I have been surprised that some of the days around the Christmas holiday are lightly traveled.
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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Unlike Thanksgiving where travel is concentrated over four days, the Christmas traffic seems to be more spread out over a longer period. I have been surprised that some of the days around the Christmas holiday are lightly traveled.
In fact if you travel on Christmas Day itself sometimes you can get a lower fare (in contrast to Christmas eve or the day after X'mas) as there are less people traveling that day.
Although I don't know Midway in particular, I think traveling via a small airport, there would be less delays as there are less planes flying in & out. On the other hand, if there are any technical difficulties (snowstorms, mechanic problems with the plane while still on the ground, etc.), you have less alternative back-up options available.
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