Archives for November 2009

American Eagle Airlines to Increase Nonstop Service Between Milwaukee and Dallas/Fort Worth Earn Double AAdvantage Miles, Beginning Today

November 24, 2009

FORT WORTH (November 24, 2009) – American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will increase its daily nonstop flights between General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis. (MKE), and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), beginning Jan. 31. The additions will bring the total number of flights between the DFW Metroplex and Milwaukee to five.

American Eagle will operate its Milwaukee service using a combination of 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 and 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

“We’re very pleased with our current service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Milwaukee,” said Gary Foss, Vice President – Planning & Marketing, AMR Regional Network. “And we’re delighted that Eagle’s expanded service will offer even more options to and from Milwaukee while providing our customers in Southeastern Wisconsin with convenient connections to American’s global network through its largest hub.”

(Full News Release from American Airlines Here)

Walker Announces A Record October For General Mitchell International Airport

November 24, 2009

Mitchell Moves Up to 28th in Number of Cities Served Nonstop

MILWAUKEE (November 24, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that October 2009 was the busiest on record for that month at General Mitchell International Airport. The October total of 705,989 passengers was an increase of 21.15 percent over last October’s 582,722 passengers, and was the first time more than 700,000 passengers used the airport in the month of October.

Walker noted that there were 123,662 more airline seats into and out of Milwaukee this October compared to last, and 123,267 more passengers. “Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers have enthusiastically welcomed the new low-fare flight options out of Mitchell, filling just about every seat the airlines added in October,” he said.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With 48 markets, Mitchell International has moved up to 28th among U.S. airports in number of markets served nonstop, according to new data published by the Brookings Institute.” Mitchell’s rank in a similar 2004 study was 34th. “This ranking means that more nonstop markets are served out of Milwaukee than out of other Midwestern cities, such as Nashville; Pittsburgh; Indianapolis and Columbus, and out of medium-sized cities elsewhere in the U.S., including Portland, OR; Austin; New Orleans; San Diego; Raleigh/Durham; Albuquerque; San Antonio and Hartford, CT,” Bateman said. He noted that competition has heated up at the airport since Southwest Airlines launched service on November 1st and AirTran and Midwest have added flights.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than 75 other U.S. airports, according to recently released U.S. Department of Transportation statistics for 2nd Quarter 2009. Mitchell’s average fare was about $44 less than O’Hare’s and $28 less than the nation’s average fare.

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.

Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport Anticipates a Record Number of Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers

November 19, 2009

Offers Tips for Families Traveling During the Busy Holiday Season

MILWAUKEE (November 19, 2009) – Air travelers are enjoying a Thanksgiving menu of increased nonstop flights, lower fares and supersaver parking rates at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport this year.

Passenger numbers projected by Mitchell’s airlines show that a record number of passengers will use the airport during the 11-day period from the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday after the holiday. As in past years, the busiest travel day will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with 27,078 passengers expected (compared with approximately 21,500 on an average day). The day before Thanksgiving will also be busy, as 24,774 air travelers pass through the airport. The total number of Mitchell International passengers between November 20 and November 30 is projected to be 214,690, a 42.43 percent increase over last year.

Tips for families traveling this holiday season:

  • Review the TSA’s 3-1-1 program for details on what can be packed in a carry-on. (www.tsa.gov/311)
  • Arrive early (1 1/2 – 2 hours) to allow plenty of time for check-in and clearing security.
  • Take advantage of the children’s play areas and family restrooms conveniently located on all three concourses.
  • Remember the dry snacks, coloring and activity books, portable video game systems and portable DVD players if traveling with children.
  • Remember that strollers have to go through security screening, so collapse and prepare them as you get close to the security checkpoint to make the process faster.

Safety tips from the Milwaukee County Sheriffs Office:

  • Pull your car into the Cell Phone Lot (inside the Surface Lot) and tell your arriving passenger to give you a call after they’ve claimed their luggage and are ready for a pick-up. The first 30 minutes in the Cell Phone Lot are free.
  • Whether you’re parking at the airport, the shopping mall or in your driveway, make sure nothing of value is visible inside your car. GPS devices, music systems, electronics, loose change, leather coats, wrapped gifts – all are invitations to thieves. Lock your car. Check again – did you lock your car?
  • Keep your luggage in your view and by your side at all times while in the airport.

Midwest Airlines Adds More Milwaukee Nonstop Service

November 10, 2009

Service to San Francisco and Raleigh/Durham Takes Off in April

MILWAUKEE (November 10, 2009) – Midwest Airlines today announced it will expand its route map from Milwaukee with nonstop service between Milwaukee and both San Francisco and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. Milwaukee’s hometown airline will launch San Francisco service on April 19, 2010 and Raleigh/Durham service on April 1, 2010.

“This is further evidence of Midwest’s commitment to the Milwaukee community,” said Jim Reichart, Midwest’s director of Advertising and Brand. “We’re proud to offer Milwaukee-area travelers more flights and more nonstop destinations than any other carrier.” With the new service, Midwest will provide nonstop service from Milwaukee to 34 cities.

The San Francisco service will be operated on 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, featuring 3-by-3 all-leather seating, four rows of stretch seating with 36 inches of legroom and 24 channels of DIRECTV at every seat. The twice-daily Raleigh/Durham service – the only nonstop service on the route – will be operated on 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft, featuring 2-by-2 all-leather seating. Flights on both routes will offer buy-onboard meals and snacks, and complimentary baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies.

To celebrate the launch of the new service, Midwest is offering pricing beginning at $96 one way on the Milwaukee-San Francisco route and at $89 one way on the Milwaukee-Raleigh/Durham route. Tickets must be purchased at least 21 days in advance and by Nov. 30, 2009 for travel through June 30, 2010; Sunday travel is excluded. For flight information and reservations, visit midwestairlines.com or call the Midwest Airlines Contact Center at 800-452-2022 (in Milwaukee, 414-570-7000).

Airtran Airways Expands Schedule In Milwaukee, Launches Innovative Partnership With Skywest Airlines

November 4, 2009

Expansion and Partnership Increase Frequencies and Destinations from General Mitchell International Airport

ORLANDO (November 4, 2009) – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced new additions to its growing Milwaukee route network. These additions include non-stop service from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and expanded service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport beginning April 6, 2010.

The low-cost leader also announced a new marketing partnership with SkyWest Airlines to support its Milwaukee focus city. In this unique partnership, SkyWest Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (Nasdaq: SKYW), will offer regional jet service between Milwaukee and six destinations, including: Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Akron/Canton, Ohio, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb. Seats on these flights will be sold in conjunction with AirTran Airways flights with revenue shared on a pro-rated basis.

Service under this new agreement will begin next month. Once fully implemented in February 2010, SkyWest Airlines will offer 18 daily non-stop flights from Milwaukee to six destinations. These flights will be operated by SkyWest Airlines and will be available for customers to book through AirTran’s normal distribution channels, including the company’s award-winning Web site, www.AirTran.com, travel agencies and 1-800-AIR-TRAN.

(Read Full Release From Airtran Airways Here)

Touchdown In Milwaukee! Southwest Airlines Adds 35th State, 68th City And Brings Legendary Customer Service To Wisconsin Travelers

November 2, 2009

Carrier Launches Service From Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport with 12 Daily Flights to Six Nonstop Destinations

DALLAS (November 2, 2009) – It’s On, Wisconsin! Southwest Airlines officially kicked off the carrier’s service from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport at a news conference this morning, capping-off a weekend of events that underscore Southwest’s longterm investment in Southeast Wisconsin.

“We want our relationship with Milwaukee to be about more than just our nonstop flights, low fares, and Customer Service–although those are important,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s Chairman, President, and CEO. “Southwest Airlines is truly here as a member of this community and our weekend involvement with the Ronald McDonald House and our fabulous tailgate are just the beginning.”

Kelly joined officials from Milwaukee County in kicking a ceremonial football filled with confetti to cap-off Southwest’s Touchdown in Milwaukee celebrations which featured a free tailgate watching party for a thousand Green Bay Packers fans on Sunday. (Coverage of the event is at http://blogsouthwest.com)

“Southwest is now a community partner in so many ways,” said Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive. “Above all, these new flights and new markets clearly help fuel the economic engine of this entire region, Mitchell Airport.”

“This added service will build on Mitchell’s reputation as one of the most competitive airports in the United States,” said Lee Holloway, Milwaukee County Board Chairman. “We look forward to working with Southwest Airlines in the coming years to help them grow their service even more.”

(Read the Full Release from Southwest Airlines Here.)