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SOUTHWEST ADDS SUNNY SAN DIEGO TO CITIES SERVED NONSTOP FROM MITCHELL AIRPORT

MILWAUKEE, Wis. November 11, 2014 -Building on its growth at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport, Southwest Airlines has announced that it will launch new nonstop service from Milwaukee to San Diego in 2015.

"Southwest continues to invest in Milwaukee, and I am pleased that its MKE flight schedule to the west coast is becoming even more robust," County Executive Chris Abele said. "With this addition of San Diego, Southwest will offer a remarkable 23 nonstop destinations from Milwaukee."

Southwest's new nonstop San Diego service will operate every Saturday beginning April 11, 2015. The announcement also included additional flight frequencies to Denver and Orlando. Southwest's flights can only be booked online at Southwest.com.

"Mitchell Airport is fortunate to have strong airline partners like Southwest, and we couldn't be happier that they are continuing to grow here," Interim Airport Director Terry Blue added. "Our low fares continue to draw passengers from throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois, and these travelers will appreciate the additional flight options from Southwest."

According to newly-released U.S. Department of Transportation statistics, Mitchell's fares were lower than 77 of the top 100 largest airports. MKE's average fares in the 2nd Quarter of 2014 were $58 less than Chicago O'Hare's and $33 less than the national average.

This week's announcement continues a series of new routes announced earlier this year. In September, Frontier announced new flights to Ft. Myers and Orlando, and this winter, Southwest, Delta, Frontier and AeroMexico will operate flights from Milwaukee to six destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Many of those flights are available through Funjet Vacations, a national travel firm headquartered in Milwaukee County.

Mitchell Airport offers nonstop flights to 37 destinations coast-to-coast -- many on full-size mainline aircraft -- and 160 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection. MKE is served by Southwest, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada. The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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TRAVELERS WILL "BENEFIT" FROM NEWEST RETAIL OPTION AT MITCHELL AIRPORT

MILWAUKEE, Wis. October 13, 2014 - Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport is now offering a new retail option for travelers on the go: A Benefit Cosmetics automated vending kiosk has been installed on Concourse C.

Benefit Cosmetics, based in San Francisco, is one of the fastest growing cosmetics companies in the world. The kiosk at Mitchell Airport, operated by Zoom Systems, is the first stand-alone Benefit retail outlet in Wisconsin.

Benefit's "fast and fabulous beauty solutions" offer travelers a last-minute bit of glamour before heading off to weddings, the beach, or wherever else their vacations may take them.

The "Glam Up and Away" beauty kiosk will help travelers pick out last-minute needs, including mascara, face powder, and eyeliner. The kiosk also has travel-friendly kits that are TSA-compliant.

Prices are the same as those at any Benefit boutique, counter or BenefitCosmetics.com, and the kiosk accepts all major credit cards. Merchandise purchased at the kiosk can be easily returned by mail.

The Benefit Cosmetics kiosk is located just beyond the security checkpoint for Concourse C, which serves Southwest/AirTran and American.

Mitchell Airport offers nonstop flights to 36 destinations coast-to-coast and 160 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection. MKE is served by Southwest/AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada. The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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EIGHT CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF PASSENGER INCREASES AT MITCHELL AIRPORT

More travelers choose MKE; passenger traffic up 2.32% Year To Date

MILWAUKEE (October 10, 2014) - For the eighth consecutive month, Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) has recorded an increase in passenger traffic, increasing 2.32% year to date. Passenger traffic for the year has totaled 4,515,724 through the end of August. August saw 593,781 passengers travel through MKE, an increase of 0.09% compared to 2013 when air traffic was higher than normal traffic due to the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson.

"Mitchell Airport's steady and sustainable growth is good news for travelers and businesses, and helps bolster the case to airlines for additional flights and destinations," said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. "It's not only good news in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin, but also for the growing number of travelers from northern Illinois who are discovering the friendly, comfortable service they receive here in Milwaukee. It is a great reflection on our community."

"We continue to remind our travelers that as fewer airlines list their flights on aggregator sites like Travelocity, Expedia and others, it is important for them to search for flights directly on the airline web sites to find all of Mitchell Airport's great service," explained Terry Blue, Interim Airport Director. "To make it convenient, travelers can also visit www.mitchellairport.com to see all 36 nonstop destinations, and which airlines fly to those cities."

Mitchell Airport offers nonstop flights to 36 destinations coast-to-coast -- many on full-size mainline aircraft -- and 160 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection. MKE is served by Southwest/AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada. The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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 BEAT THE NEXT POLAR VORTEX WITH FLIGHTS TO FLORIDA, MEXICO, & THE CARIBBEAN

MILWAUKEE (September 12, 2014)  Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport is helping travelers escape the upcoming winter with nonstop flights to warm destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

"This week's chilly weather reminds us that winter will arrive soon, but warm destinations are just a short flight away," County Executive Chris Abele said.  "Whether it's a quick getaway or an extended vacation, MKE has plenty of exciting vacation options to help travelers avoid another 'polar vortex.'"

"Mitchell Airport continues to grow, with Southwest and Frontier both offering new routes from Milwaukee this winter.  Southwest alone will offer 33 nonstop departures to warm weather destinations on Saturdays during Spring Break, while Delta will serve Cancun and Orlando nonstop from MKE," Interim Airport Director Terry Blue added.  "Including Frontier's new Orlando and Ft. Myers flights, we'll have up to 20 nonstops to Florida in a single day."

International:

Cancun/Riviera Maya

Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Funjet Vacations (operated by AeroMexico)

Cozumel

Funjet Vacations (operated by AeroMexico)

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

Funjet Vacations (operated by AeroMexico)

Jamaica

Southwest, Funjet Vacations (operated by Frontier or Southwest)

Puerto Vallarta

Funjet Vacations (operated by Frontier)

Punta Cana

Southwest, Funjet Vacations (operated by Frontier or Southwest)

 

Domestic:

Ft. Lauderdale

Southwest

Ft. Myers

Frontier, Southwest

Houston

United

Los Angeles

Southwest

New Orleans

Southwest

Orlando

Delta, Frontier, Southwest

Phoenix

Southwest, US Airways

Tampa

Southwest

Mitchell Airport offers nonstop flights to 36 destinations coast-to-coast -- many on full-size mainline aircraft -- and 160 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection.  MKE is served by Southwest/AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada.  The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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SIX CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF PASSENGER INCREASES AT MITCHELL AIRPORT

More travelers choose MKE; passenger traffic rises 3.3% in July

MILWAUKEE (August 25, 2014- For the sixth consecutive month, Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) has recorded an increase in passenger traffic, rising 3.3% in July compared to July of 2013.  610,965 passengers used MKE last month.  Year-to-date, Mitchell Airport's passenger traffic is up 2.7% from last year.

"This year's sustained passenger growth shows that demand is increasing for air travel at Mitchell, and we continue to serve as an outstanding alternative to O'Hare for northern Illinois travelers," said County Executive Chris Abele.  "We have a fantastic airport with low fares, inexpensive parking, and great nonstop service.  Just this morning, Southwest Airlines announced increased service on its routes from Milwaukee to New Orleans and Ft. Lauderdale, while Frontier Airlines announced new non-stop service to Orlando and Ft. Myers earlier this month."

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Travel Statistics, MKE's average airfares were nearly $57 less than O'Hare, and $24 less than the national average in the 1st Quarter of 2014.

Mitchell Airport offers nonstop flights to 36 destinations coast-to-coast -- many on full-size mainline aircraft -- and 160 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection.

MKE is served by Southwest/AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada.  The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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PASSENGER INCREASES CONTINUE AT MITCHELL AIRPORT IN MAY

MILWAUKEE, Wis. June 30, 2014 Passenger traffic at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) rose for the fourth consecutive month in May. 573,248 passengers chose MKE last month, an increase of 1.8% percent from May 2013. Year-to-date, the numbers are 2.8% higher than last year.

"With this extended stretch of increased passenger numbers, it's clear that demand for air travel to/from Milwaukee is increasing. We plan to keep the momentum going by continuing to improve MKE for travelers and airlines," County Executive Chris Abele said. "As more passengers choose Mitchell, we become more attractive to airlines looking to add more non-stop flights and destinations from MKE."

"Our advertising campaign continues to educate travelers that third-party websites like Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity exclude more than half our nonstop routes; they can only be found directly on airline websites, such as Southwest.com," Interim Airport Director Terry Blue noted. "Travelers are developing a better understanding of the nonstop destinations available. They're changing the way they find flights and book tickets, and all of our airlines are benefiting from that."

Mitchell Airport offers nonstop flights to 36 destinations coast-to-coast, many on full-size mainline aircraft, and 150 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection.

MKE is served by Southwest/AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada. The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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NEW BAGGAGE SCREENING SYSTEM IMPROVES PASSENGER CHECK-IN AT MITCHELL AIRPORT

MILWAUKEE, Wis. June 30, 2014 Milwaukee County and federal officials today unveiled a new In-Line Baggage Screening system at General Mitchell International Airport.

Shortly after 9/11, the federal Department of Homeland Security / Transportation Security Administration installed the SUV-sized L-3 machines in airports nationwide to screen all checked baggage flying on commercial airlines. The system unveiled today removes those large screening machines from the Ticketing lobby, returns the area to its spacious pre-9/11 configuration, expedites baggage processing and improves customer service.

At the event, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele; Milwaukee County Supervisor & Chairman of the County Board's Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee Michael Mayo, Sr.; Milwaukee County Director of Transportation Brian Dranzik and TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Robert Ronge explained the benefits:

County Executive Abele said, "This is the latest in a series of investments we are making in Mitchell Airport to ensure that we provide the best possible experience for passengers. Earlier this year, we cut the ribbon on the new Miller Brewhouse. Later this year, we will open the first phase of our new Baggage Claim facility. And, today we are reclaiming full use of our Ticketing area."

Supervisor Mayo, Sr. said, "The new In-Line building is a great example of a strong partnership between Milwaukee County's Mitchell Airport, our airlines, and the federal TSA. This impressive system is a win-win for the taxpayers of Milwaukee County as well as airline passengers from Wisconsin and northern Illinois."

Abele added, I'd like to thank Interim Airport Director Terry Blue, his entire team, the TSA, and the architects and contractors who worked on the project for making it a success. We have a beautiful facility, and this is an exciting time in the history of Mitchell Airport."

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT TRAFFIC UP 6% IN APRIL, THIRD STRAIGHT MONTH OF GAINS

MILWAUKEE, Wis. June 3, 2014 Passenger traffic at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is continuing to climb. 575,548 passengers used Mitchell Airport in April, an increase of 6.4 percent from April of last year.

"Mitchell Airport's passenger counts have increased steadily since the launch of our advertising campaign letting travelers know that third-party websites such as Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz don't include many of MKE's flights," County Executive Chris Abele said. "More than half of our nonstop routes can only be found on Southwest.com. These higher passenger numbers reflect that travelers are changing the way they find flights and book tickets."

"Year-to-date, we're up more than three percent from 2013, and it will only get busier as we head into the summer travel season," Interim Airport Director Terry Blue noted. "MKE passengers enjoy nonstop flights to 36 destinations coast-to-coast -- many on full-size mainline aircraft -- and 150 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection."

For more than six years running, MKE remains the region's low-fare leader. MKE's average airfare is $67 less than O'Hare's and $38 less than the national average.

MKE is served by Southwest/AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada. The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

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General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT CONTINUES UPWARD PASSENGER TREND IN MARCH

MILWAUKEE, Wis. May 6, 2014 - Passenger traffic at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is continuing to climb. 631,843 passengers used Mitchell Airport in March, an increase of 5.1 percent from March of last year.

"Our passenger counts are continuing their upward trend. We have seen passengers increase for three of the last four months," County Executive Chris Abele said. "MKE's low fares, nonstop flights, and low parking rates continue to draw travelers from throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois."

"In January, we launched a local advertising campaign to educate travelers about the importance of using airline websites to find flights, rather than sites like Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity," Interim Airport Director Terry Blue added. "It's clear that travelers are receiving the message that more than half of our nonstop destinations can only be found on Southwest.com. A robust passenger increase from Southwest contributed to our increased March numbers."

For more than six years running, MKE remains the region's low-fare leader. MKE's average airfare is $67 less than O'Hare's and $38 less than the national average.

MKE is served by Southwest/AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada. The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at www.mitchellairport.com.

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General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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BAGGAGE CLAIM ROADWAY CLOSURE, MAJOR TRAFFIC CHANGES AT AIRPORT

Drivers should use FREE Hourly Parking to avoid construction delays

MILWAUKEE (April 28, 2014) Drivers and passengers at General Mitchell International Airport should be aware of major traffic pattern changes beginning Tuesday, April 29 due to the Airport's Baggage Claim Renovation Project. The Baggage Claim roadway will be closed to all vehicles except shuttles and buses.

"The shared Baggage Claim/Ticketing roadway will be congested. Circling around the airport roadways while waiting for arriving passengers will be frustrating for drivers," said Interim Airport Director Terry Blue. "Our best advice is to use Hourly Parking instead. It is much easier, and you won't run the risk of receiving a parking violation."

More details on the new locations can be found at mitchellairport.com/ground-transportation/. Phase one of the Baggage Claim renovation project will open this summer. The entire project will be completed in 2015.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT CONTINUES TO BE THE LOW COST ALTERNATIVE TO O'HARE
Fourth Quarter 2013 Average Airfares $67 Less Than O'Hare, $38 Less Than National Average

MILWAUKEE (April 28, 2014) - The latest study from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) continues to offer passengers lower average air fares than Chicago's O'Hare or the national average.

"Mitchell International Airport continues to be the top alternative to Chicago's O'Hare Airport not only in service and convenience, but also in cost savings," explained Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. "On average, Mitchell Airport airfares were $67 less than O'Hare. Couple that with parking savings of $67.50 for an average three day stay in covered, long term parking, and travelers know MKE is a bargain."

"MKE is the only airport in Wisconsin or Illinois with service from all of the major domestic carriers. Mitchell's lower fares, combined with its ease of use and lower parking costs, continue to draw passengers from throughout northern Illinois," said Terry Blue, Interim Airport Director.

MKE's route map features nonstop service to 36 destinations (five seasonal), including Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Southwest is the largest carrier at Mitchell Airport, and its flights can only be found at Southwest.com. MKE is also served by Delta, United, US Airways, American, AirTran, Frontier, and Air Canada. International charter service is available seasonally via Funjet Vacations and Apple Vacations to six destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

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General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.



MITCHELL AIRPORT PASSENGER COUNT INCREASES IN FEBRUARY

MILWAUKEE (April 17, 2014) Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is reporting passenger numbers for January and February 2014. February traffic rose 1.1 percent, while January was down 1.5%. This follows a 3.5 percent increase in December 2013.

January's decrease was largely due to extreme winter weather in the eastern and southern portions of the U.S., grounding an unprecedented 49,000 flights and delaying 300,000 others. In all, 30 million airline passengers were affected by delayed or canceled flights in the U.S. in January.

"The airline industry is cyclical. After reaching record highs in 2009 and 2010, industry consolidation resulted in fewer flights, but we are starting to see passenger traffic trend higher once again," County Executive Chris Abele said. "Mitchell Airport's low fares continue to draw travelers from throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois."

For more than six years running, MKE remains the region's low-fare leader. MKE's average airfare is $50 less than O'Hare's and $28 less than the nation's average.

We have nonstops to 36 destinations across North America, and Southwest Airlines is our largest carrier. Unlike O'Hare, we have all the major domestic airlines, Airport Director Barry Bateman added. MKE is also served by AirTran, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT PASSENGER COUNT INCREASES IN DECEMBER;
EXTENDS STREAK TO MORE THAN SIX YEARS AS LOW-FARE LEADER

MILWAUKEE (March 7, 2014) - Milwaukee County General Mitchell International Airport's (MKE) passenger numbers rose 3.5 percent in December 2013. In addition, MKE continues its impressive streak of more than six years as a low-fare leader. MKE's average fare is lower than that of 74 of the other Top 100 U.S. airports, including Chicago O'Hare and the nation's average.

"It's great to see an increase in the December numbers, after big swings in passenger counts over the past few years," said County Executive Chris Abele.

Mergers and consolidations of major airlines have created substantial changes at many U.S. airports since 2010. Despite significant service cuts from Frontier Airlines, MKE still served more than 6.5 million passengers in 2013, a 13 percent decline from 2012.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, "Southwest Airlines has greatly ramped up its presence at MKE, flying nonstop to many of the cities that were served by Frontier/Midwest and AirTran. I hope everyone has seen our campaign educating travelers that they MUST go directly to the airline websites, not Orbitz, Expedia or Travelocity, to book travel to ALL of the 36 cities served nonstop from Milwaukee. Mitchellairport.com is an excellent website to see the nonstop cities and the airlines that fly there."

MKE is the only airport in Wisconsin or Illinois with service from all of the major domestic airlines.

MKE's route map features nonstop service to 36 destinations coast-to-coast. Southwest/AirTran is the largest carrier at Mitchell Airport, and Southwest's flights can only be found at Southwest.com. MKE is also served by Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, and Air Canada. International charter service is available via Funjet Vacations and Apple Vacations to six destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

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General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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GROUND TRANSPORTATION CHANGES AT MITCHELL AIRPORT

Taxis and Shared Ride Vans are temporarily relocated during construction project

MILWAUKEE (February 27, 2014) - Travelers using General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee should be aware that a number of ground transportation passenger pick-up areas are being temporarily relocated due to the Airport's Baggage Claim renovation project.

The following changes will go into effect beginning Monday, March 3, 2014:

The following relocations occurred earlier in the project, and remain in place:

Drivers picking up passengers should use the Hourly section of the Parking garage, or the Surface Lot, and meet arriving passengers in the main terminal. The first hour of parking is free.

More details on the new locations can be found at http://www.mitchellairport.com/ground-transportation/. Additional changes are expected in the coming weeks, so drivers are encouraged to stay in touch with Mitchell Airport on Facebook and Twitter.

The Baggage Claim renovation project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT UNVEILS NEW CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS

Ticketed passengers can access upgraded play areas on all three concourses

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (February 21, 2014) - General Mitchell International Airport recently completed an exciting upgrade of all three of its Children's Play Areas. Featuring colorful, new padded flooring and play equipment, the play areas are a great option for families who have some extra time to spend in the terminal before boarding their flights.

They feature a variety of small slides, tunnels and airplanes that are soft and safe for children of all ages. There are also interactive games and activity centers to capture the attention of children. The Concourse D Children's Play Area features "watch towers" that allow children to look out windows and see real aircraft taxiing across the airfield.

"These enhanced play areas will help make traveling with little ones less stressful, continuing our tradition of providing a better experience for passengers of all ages," Airport Director Barry Bateman added. With nonstop service to 36 destinations across North America, Mitchell Airport's unique amenities have made it a favorite for travelers from both Wisconsin and Illinois.

The Children's Play Areas, which are open to ticketed passengers at all times, are located beyond the security checkpoints of all three Airport concourses.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT EXTENDS FREE PARKING FOR PASSENGER PICKUPS

One hour grace period will help drivers avoid construction on Baggage Claim roadway

MILWAUKEE (February 17, 2014) - General Mitchell International Airport announced today that the free parking grace period in the Hourly and Surface lots will be extended from 30 minutes to one hour for the duration of the Airport's Baggage Claim renovation project.

By extending free parking to a full hour, drivers picking up passengers will have more time to park in the Hourly section of the parking garage or surface lot and meet their parties in the main terminal. This will help drivers avoid circling the airport and dealing with construction traffic.

In September, Mitchell Airport began a complete renovation of its Baggage Claim building. Construction activity has restricted lanes and limited curb space along the Baggage Claim roadway, resulting in traffic backups during peak travel periods.

As the construction project moves into its second phase, the extended free parking in the Hourly garage and Surface lot will help reduce the burden on the busy Baggage Claim roadway. The Daily section of the parking garage and the Supersaver lots are seldom used for passenger pickup and do not offer a free parking grace period.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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GENERAL MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ENERGIZES ITS PASSENGERS

Airport Installing 60 Free-To-Use Charging Stations For Personal Electronics

MILWAUKEE (November 19, 2013) - Passengers flying in and out of Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) will now find it easier and more convenient than ever thanks to 60 new, free-to-use charging stations throughout the airport.

Located conveniently in between gate-area seating, each charging station provides passengers with access to six outlets and two USB ports for easy charging of cell phones, laptops, tablets and other personal electronics. The stations stand 6'2" tall and are lit to make them easy to find.

We pride ourselves here at MKE in providing a friendly, comfortable travel environment, and listening and reacting to the needs of our passengers, explained Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. Our new charging stations provide a convenient way for both leisure and business travelers to stay plugged in, and will continue to improve the already great customer experience.

The new charging stations have been installed on the D Concourse, and the remaining concourses will be completed within the next few weeks.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation

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MITCHELL AIRPORT EXTENDS STREAK AS LOW-FARE LEADER
Second Quarter 2013 average fares remain lower than O'Hare and national average

MILWAUKEE (November 12, 2013) - Air fares at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport remain a bargain compared to the nation's average fares and those of Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

"According to newly-released DOT statistics for the second quarter of 2013, average air fares in Milwaukee are $26 below the national average and $37 less than O'Hare. There are good deals to be had at Mitchell," Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. Our average fares have been lower than O'Hare's for six years now."

Mitchell Airport, also known as MKE, is the only airport in Wisconsin or Illinois with service from all of the major domestic carriers. Mitchell's lower fares, combined with its ease of use and lower parking costs, continue to draw passengers from throughout northern Illinois.

MKE's route map features nonstop service to 36 destinations coast-to-coast, including Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Southwest is the largest carrier at Mitchell Airport, and its flights can only be found at Southwest.com. MKE is also served by Delta, United, US Airways, American, AirTran, Frontier, and Air Canada. International charter service is available via Funjet Vacations and Apple Vacations to six destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

"Mitchell Airport has a wide variety of nonstop flights to business and vacation destinations coast-to-coast, and I encourage travelers to take advantage of our low fares and easy travel experience," Airport Director Barry Bateman added.

Mitchell Airport has nonstop service to 36 destinations.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT'S RUNWAY SAFETY AREA PROJECT SCORES TRIPLE PLAY
Three awards recognize outstanding team effort during multi-year construction project

MILWAUKEE (May 13, 2013) - Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) has received three awards for its recently completed Runway Safety Area project:

* The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Great Lakes Regional Airports Division, presented its 2012 Airport Planning, Environmental, and Financial Excellence Award to GMIA at the Wisconsin Aviation Conference on April 30.

* GMIA Civil Engineer Jim Zsebe received the Engineer of the Year award from the Wisconsin Airport Management Association at the Wisconsin Aviation Conference, in recognition for his team's involvement in the RSA project.

* The American Public Works Association, Wisconsin Chapter, Project of the Year Award was presented to GMIA on May 9, 2013.

"These awards are a testament to the outstanding professionalism, perseverance and commitment to safety displayed by Airport staff and contractors throughout the construction process," Airport Director Barry Bateman said. "We are proud that all of our runways are fully RSA compliant, and that the project was completed ahead of schedule."

The Runway Safety Area is a 500-foot wide, 1,000-foot long obstruction-free safety zone at the end of each runway. GMIA's RSA project was more complex due to the need to keep flights operating on schedule throughout the construction period, and the proximity of nearby railroad tracks and city streets. A bridge over College Avenue was also required to make the runway RSA compliant.

"The project team encountered several unexpected challenges that were unrelated to, yet impacted the RSA's project completion," FAA Regional Administrator Barry Cooper said while presenting the FAA award. "The success of managing multiple construction projects can be attributed to the close coordination and information sharing between the airport, the FAA, and all the various stakeholders involved."

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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MITCHELL AIRPORT CONTINUES AS LOW-FARE LEADER AS AIRLINE INDUSTRY EVOLVES
Airport reports 2012 results, average fares lower than O'Hare for five years running

MILWAUKEE, Wis. January 31, 2013 - Air fares at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport remained a bargain in 2012 compared to the nation's average fares and those of Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

"According to newly-released DOT statistics for the third quarter of 2012, average air fares in Milwaukee are $50 below the national average and $62 less than O'Hare. There are great deals to be had at Mitchell," Airport Director Barry Bateman said. "Our average fares have been lower than O'Hare's for 21 consecutive quarters now."

The competitive environment evolved significantly at airports throughout the U.S. in 2012, as airlines merged, there were more passengers on fewer flights, fuel prices rose, and regional flying was reduced.

In 2012, 7,515,070 passengers used Mitchell International, down 21% from the previous year's total of 9,522,456. In 2010 and 2011, intense competition between two hubbing airlines, AirTran and Frontier, plus Southwest led to record passenger growth and pushed fares down to unsustainable levels. The drop in passengers in 2012 directly resulted from Frontier's decision to close its Milwaukee hub due to competitive pressures and the rising cost of fuel. At the same time, AirTran's successful Milwaukee hub was acquired by Southwest.

"2012 was a year of transition for Mitchell Airport, as we morphed from a hub for two airlines, with two million transfer passengers per year, into an airport that largely serves passengers whose trips are starting or ending in Milwaukee," Bateman said. "As a result of Frontier's hub closure, the number of transfer passengers fell by 50 percent, while passengers whose origin or destination was Milwaukee decreased by 13 percent."

The nation's airlines are currently in a period of dramatic consolidation. Just ten years ago, eight airlines controlled 90 percent of the U.S. airline market. Today, just five airlines control 85% of the market, and Mitchell is served by seven airlines carrying 87% of the nation's passenger traffic.

Meanwhile, Mitchell's lower fares, combined with its ease of use and lower parking costs, have contributed to a 42% increase in northern Illinois passengers over the last five years, based on a review of license plates using the airport's parking facilities.

So far in 2013, Southwest launched new nonstop service to New Orleans while Delta announced new nonstop flights to Orlando and launched its winter flights to Cancun. AirTran is also operating international charter service via Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations to six destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

"Mitchell Airport has a wide variety of nonstop flights to business and vacation destinations coast-to-coast, and I encourage travelers to take advantage of our low fares and easy travel experience," Bateman added.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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WARM UP WITH FLIGHTS FROM MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL TO MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN

It's cold out there, and Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport is helping travelers escape winter by offering non-stop flights to six destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

AirTran, Delta, and Frontier, along with Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations, offer as many as six non-stop flights to Cancun/Riviera Maya each Saturday during the peak winter season. Non-stop charter service to Cozumel, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta, and Punta Cana are also available.

"There's a chill in the air, but warm weather destinations are just a short flight away," Airport Marketing and Public Relations Director Pat Rowe said. "Whether it's a quick getaway or an extended vacation, Mitchell International has a number of exciting vacation options for travelers this winter."

Cancun/Riviera Maya

Airtran Airways, Apple Vacations, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Funjet Vacations

Cozumel

Apple Vacations, Funjet Vacations (both operated by AirTran Airways)

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

Apple Vacations, Funjet Vacations (both operated by AirTran Airways)

Jamaica

Apple Vacations, Funjet Vacations (both operated by AirTran Airways)

Puerto Vallarta

Apple Vacations, Funjet Vacations (both operated by AirTran Airways)

Punta Cana

Apple Vacations, Funjet Vacations (both operated by AirTran Airways)

The destinations listed above are available at www.applevacations.com, www.funjet.com or through your local travel agent. Cancun flights may also be booked by visiting www.airtran.com, www.delta.com, or www.flyfrontier.com.

Mitchell also offers daily non-stop flights to other warm weather cities, including Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, as well as connections to hundreds of destinations across the nation and throughout the world. Sign up for fare alerts and find flights to warm weather at www.mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport's capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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