Archives for January 2009

Walker Introduces New Mobile Enhanced Airport Web Site

January 16, 2009

New mobile device enhanced site caters to travelers on the go.

MILWAUKEE (January 16, 2009) – In response to the growing number of travelers using mobile devices and smart phones, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker today introduced a new mobile friendly enhancement to General Mitchell International Airport’s (GMIA) Web site.  The new mobile site, mobile.mitchellairport.com, gives travelers a streamlined version of the airport’s Web site, providing quick and easy information on the move.

“With today’s busy schedules, more and more people are turning to their smart phones to get up to the minute information on the airport,” said Walker. “This new enhancement makes it easy for travelers on the go to check on their flight, get real-time parking information and much more.”

Using the industry’s best practices, the GMIA mobile site creates a bandwidth-friendly experience formatted to fit on the smaller screens of mobile devices. Mobile.mitchellairport.com contains information found to be the most important to travelers, including arrivals and departures status, real-time parking information, directions to the airport and an airport guide. The site also includes a listing of airlines that serve GMIA complete with Web links and contact phone numbers that can be dialed by a cell phone with one simple click.

The new mobile site joins other recent enhancements at General Mitchell International Airport to improve the travel experience for its customers. The airport recently added a real-time parking monitor to its Web site as well as introduced the new Smart Pass parking system.

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.

Walker Announces 2008 A Record Year At Mitchell Airport

January 12, 2009

Passenger Count Nears 8 Million

MILWAUKEE (January 21, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that General Mitchell International Airport served a record number of passengers in 2008. Concluding 17 straight months of record growth, the passenger total for the first eight months of 2008 was up 9.4 percent compared to the same period in 2007, but following flight reductions at Mitchell and airports throughout the U.S., the passenger total for the last four months of 2008 decreased 10 percent. For the year, the passenger total of 7,956,968 represented a 3.17 percent gain over 2007′s record 7,712,535 passengers.

“The significant increase in flights and nonstop destinations out of Milwaukee last spring and summer led the way to Mitchell’s record numbers,” said Walker. “Passengers found plenty of competitive airfares from each of Mitchell’s 12 airlines.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Airfares out of Milwaukee continue to offer a great bargain for both vacationers and business travelers. For less than $250, passengers who book soon can take a nonstop spring break flight to, for example, Orlando, Phoenix, Denver or New York.”

Bateman noted that many passengers from northern Illinois or destined for Chicago from another city use Mitchell as a lower-cost alternative. In 2008, there were 18,000 more cars with Illinois license plates in Mitchell’s parking lots than in 2007. Average airfares out of Mitchell were lower than those at 58 other U.S. airports, ($35 lower than O’Hare’s and $25 lower than the national average) in 2Q 08 according to the most currently available U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. “For many Rockford and Lake and McHenry County residents, Mitchell is closer and more convenient than the other Chicago airports,” he said.

Mitchell has more daily nonstop flights to more cities than the five airports ranked above and below Mitchell in terms of annual passengers.

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.