KMDW Inbound Routes


#1

Tracking flights at Midway in Chicago over the past couple of days have noticed some interesting routes for inbound planes from the west… they seem to be avoiding the Peoria area, going as far north as Green Bay and coming south down the lake. I’ve also noticed the odd pattern inbound from FLA and Atlanta.

Any ideas…

These are just a few from tonight but have seem to follow this pattern ever since the fire…

flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA3 … /KDEN/KMDW

flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA3 … /KLAX/KMDW

flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL2 … /KATL/KMDW


#2

You might need to check the NOTAMS for the Centers surrounding ZAU. Here is an ATC command center message describing procedures for the Chicago airspace, and it makes references to Center notams for the routes.

RAW TEXT:

ATCSCC ADVZY 059 DCC 09/30/14 OPERATIONS PLAN
VALID 1000Z AND LATER

TERMINAL CONSTRAINTS:
BOS/NY/SFO/ORD-CIGS
DC/ATL/CLT-CIGS/VIS
FLA-VCTS
EWR-RWY 4L/22R CLSD UNTIL 30/2359Z
ATL-RWY 8L/26R CLSD UNTIL 10/15/14
DFW-RWY 17C/35C CLSD UNTIL 10/26
FLL-RWY 10R/28L CLSD UNTIL 30/1600Z
NORTH TEXAS OAPM IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES-SOUTH FLOW

EN ROUTE CONSTRAINTS:
ZDV/ZMP/ZJX-TSTMS
ZAU-ATC ZERO-EQ/FIRE
ZJX-AR6/15 CLSD-MILOPS /04Z

ZAU IS ATC ZERO FOR EQUIPMENT/FIRE. DAMAGE ASSESSMENT IS IN PROGRESS
TO DETERMINE SERVICE RESTORAL TIMEFRAME. TRANSCON ROUTES AROUND ZAU
ARE IN PLACE. LOW LEVEL ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE ROUTES THROUGH THE
TRACONS ARE IN PLACE FOR ORD/MDW/ZAU SATELLITES. AIRCRAFT OPERATORS
SHOULD FUEL ACCORDINGLY. ZAU AIRSPACE IS ALLOCATED TO SURROUNDING
CENTERS; STRUCTURED ROUTES THROUGH THAT DIVESTED AIRSPACE HAVE BEEN
PUBLISHED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INCREASED CAPACITY.

CRITICAL TO SUCCESS IN INCREASING CAPACITY IN/THROUGH ZAU:
-FILE THE EXACT ROUTES PROVIDED (SEE ADZY 57 AND 59).
-FILE FLIGHT PLANS ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING NOTAMS (FROM ADZY 23):
-FOR ZOB: 4/1205
-FOR ZID: 4/1197
-FOR ZKC: 4/1203
-FOR ZMP: 4/1202

  1. AFP
    UNTIL 0400 -FCAMKE ORD_MDW VIA MKE
    UNTIL 0400 -FCAPIA ORD_MDW VIA PIA
    UNITL 0400 -FCASBN EAST TO ORD/MDW VIA SBN
    UNITL 0400 -FCAASP ORD_MDW VIA ASP

  2. CTOP
    UNTIL 0159 -CTP (NORTH TEXAS OAPM)

  3. ROUTES
    INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES
    UNTIL 0459 -ORD/MDW DESTINED TO INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

EASTBOUND TRANSCON
UNTIL 1600 -CAN_8_EAST (NW TO ZBW)
UNTIL 1600 -CAN_5_EAST_MODIFIED (NW TO ZNY)
UNTIL 1600 -ZKC_ZID_ZME_TO_ZNY
UNTIL 1600 -ZME_ZKC_ZID_2_PHL_DCMETS
UNTIL 1600 -VUZ_PARTIAL (ZLA/ZAB/ZFW/ZHU TO ZNY)
UNTIL 1600 -BNA_PARTIAL (WEST TO DC METRO/PHL)
UNTIL 1600 -MGM_3_PARTIAL (ZFW/ZHU TO DC METRO/PHL)

WESTBOUND TRANSCON
UNTIL 0200 -ELP PARTIAL
UNTIL 1600 -ROCKIES_1_MOD
UNTIL 0200 -ZNY TO ZLA/ZAB/ZOA VIA PNH 1
UNTIL 0200 -ZBW TO ZOA/SLC/DEB VIA ROCKIES 1
UNTIL 0200 -EWM 1 PARTIAL

ORD SATS:
UNTIL 0200 -ZAU_SATS_EAST (FCAOBS)
UNTIL 0200 -ZAU_SATS_SOUTHEAST (FCAIDS)
UNTIL 0200 -ZAU_SATS_SOUTHWEST (FCAKCS)
UNTIL 0645 -ZAU_SATS_NORTHWEST (FCAMPS)

MDW ARRIVALS:
UNTIL 0200 -MDW_VIA_MKE
UNTIL 0200 -EAST_TO_MDW
UNTIL 0200 -MDW_VIA_PIA

MDW DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -MDW_GIJ_FWA_DJB_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -MDW_IRK_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -MDW_BAE_GRB_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -MDW_BAE_PETTY_DEPARTURES

ORD ARRIVALS:
UNTIL 0200 -EAST_TO_ORD
UNTIL 0200 -WEST_2_ORD
UNTIL 0200 -SOUTH_2_ORD

ORD DEPARTURES:
UNTIL 0459 -C90_SOUTH_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -ORD_IRK_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -ORD_FOD_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -ORD_POSTS_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -ORD_GRB_DEPARTURES
UNTIL 0459 -ORD_GERBS_DEPARTURES

OTHERS:
UNTIL 1600 -WEST_TO_DTW

  1. ZAU
    UNTIL 0400 -ORD/MDW GROUND STOPS POSSIBLE

  2. ZOA
    UNTIL 0400 -SFO GROUND STOP/DELAY PROGRAM POSSIBLE

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