MILWAUKEE (September 8, 2008) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the July 2008 passenger total at General Mitchell International Airport eclipsed the all-time one-month record set in June, and marked the first time the airport has hosted more than 800,000 passengers in a month. July’s total of 821,610 passengers was an increase of 11.49 percent over last July’s 736,965 passengers. The number of passengers for the first seven months of 2008 also is a record at 4,959,484, a 9.8 percent increase over 2007’s 4,516,917 passengers for the same period.
Walker noted that July was the 16th straight month of record passenger numbers at Mitchell International. “Travelers snapped up the low fares offered in July when, for the first time, more than a million seats were available into and out of Mitchell,” said Walker. “It was a busy summer at Wisconsin’s gateway airport.”
Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “While there still are some amazingly low fares on nonstops out of Milwaukee, September brings the end of a number of flights airlines added for the summer season, along with flight reductions announced by Midwest Airlines. Mitchell and other airports nationwide will have fewer seats and flights this fall compared with last year as a result of rising fuel costs.”
Mitchell has nonstop service to 42 cities and one-stop connecting service to destinations throughout the world. Average airfares at Mitchell are lower than those at 40 other U.S. airports, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics.
General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, 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. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.