Archives for October 2008

Walker Announces Launch of Real-Time Parking Status Monitor and Smart Pass System at Mitchell Airport

October 14, 2008

MILWAUKEE (October 14, 2008) – County Executive Scott Walker announced that General Mitchell International Airport is making it even easier to park at the airport as it introduces its new real-time Parking Status Monitor and Smart Pass system.

The airport’s new Web based real-time Parking Status Monitor gives travelers the chance to view parking capacities and trends for each of Mitchell’s parking lots before heading to the airport.  The program is available on the airport’s Web site www.mitchellairport.com/parking and is updated every five minutes.

Optimized for busy business travelers, the real-time Parking Status Monitor has also been specially formatted for BlackBerry and smart phone users.  Customers can now evaluate parking options from their devices before arriving at the airport.

Mitchell Airport has also premiered the all-new Smart Pass system.  Linked directly to a driver’s credit card, the Smart Pass system allows users to enter and exit airport parking areas with a simple wave of the pass.  No longer will drivers need to pull parking tickets or remember to carry cash on them.  Smart Pass can be used in any airport parking area.  The Smart Pass can be “read” at all cashier lanes, and a Smart Pass Express Lane is available for added convenience

Customers can get more information and register for the new Smart Pass at the Mitchell Airport Web site www.mitchellairport.com/parking, by calling airport parking services at 414-747-4561, or by stopping at the parking office located next to the parking structure cashier booths.

Walker Announces 17th Straight Month of Passenger Growth at Mitchell International Airport

October 3, 2008

MILWAUKEE (October 3, 2008) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that  the August 2008 passenger total at General Mitchell International Airport set a 17th straight monthly record of growth. August’s total of 790,284 passengers was an increase of 7.03 percent over last August’s 738,388 passengers. The number of passengers for the first eight months of 2008 also is a record at 5,749,768, a 9.41 percent increase over 2007’s 5,255,305 passengers for the same period.

Walker credited the additional summer seasonal service offered by AirTran for the increase in passengers. “AirTran’s added flights raised the number of available airline seats and lowered the fares during the busy summer travel season,” said Walker.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Passengers who have some flexibility in their travel dates can still find $200 roundtrip fares from Mitchell Airport to popular destinations. Nationwide flight reductions caused by high fuel prices mean that seats for holiday travel will be in high demand, resulting in higher fares.” Bateman also noted that this summer’s increased number of airlines seats at bargain fares resulted in a surge of Illinois passengers using Mitchell. “In July, more than nine percent of the cars in Mitchell’s parking lots had Illinois plates,” he said. “For many Lake and McHenry County residents, Mitchell is closer and more convenient than the other Chicago airports.”

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.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Again Rank Milwaukee’s Mitchell International 4th Best Airport in the Nation

October 2, 2008

MILWAUKEE (October 2, 2008)– Businesspeople who read Condé Nast Traveler, a magazine for frequent travelers, again ranked Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) as 4th best in the nation in categories including Location/Access, Design, Customs/Baggage, Ease of Connections, Perceived Safety/Security and Food/Shops/Amenities.  In 2006, Mitchell ranked 5th overall and in 2007 moved up to 4th. The eleventh annual Readers’ Choice Awards appear in the magazine’s October 2008 issue.

“We are proud that Mitchell has ranked in the top five best for business travel for three years. The concourse, terminal and parking renovations we’ve completed are providing passengers with the efficiency and amenities they need as they travel throughout the nation and the world,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

A record number of passengers, 7.7 million, used Mitchell in 2007. In July, Mitchell recorded its 16th straight month of record passengers. Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The strong growth is due in part to increased use of Mitchell as an alternative to Chicago’s O’Hare, both for residents of the northern Chicago suburbs and for out-of-state visitors to northern Illinois. The drive to Mitchell from the northern Chicago suburbs is often shorter than to O’Hare, the cost of covered parking is less than half and airfares are often lower. The airlines serving Mitchell have been offering some very competitive fares, drawing passengers from a wide market area.”

Bateman noted that Mitchell has undergone more than $50 million in expansion and renovation of all three airport concourses, adding lanes and widening security checkpoints, adding boarding gates and enlarging corridors and seating areas. Within the next year, all of Mitchell’s food and beverage concessions will be renovated, offering a mix of local favorites and popular national vendors.

Mitchell Airport’s 11 airlines offer nonstop flights to 42 cities and one-stop connections to major cities throughout the world.  It is the 49th largest airport in the nation in terms of number of passengers.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of 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.