Archives for December 2009

Walker Announces A Record November For General Mitchell International Airport

December 30, 2009

Passenger Traffic Up Nearly 40 Percent

MILWAUKEE (December 30, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the November 2009 passenger count was the busiest on record for that month at General Mitchell International Airport. The November total of 725,048 passengers was an increase of 37.96 percent over last November’s 525,565 passengers, and was the first time more than 700,000 passengers used the airport in the month of November.

Walker noted that there were 34 percent more airline seats into and out of Milwaukee this November compared to last, and almost 200,000 more passengers. “Southwest Airlines started service to Mitchell in November, and attracted many new passengers from Wisconsin and northern Illinois with its popular, well-known brand,” he said.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The northern Chicago suburbs now have low-fare air service just a 45-minute drive away. With 12 airlines and nearly 220 daily departures, Mitchell has become one of the most price-competitive airports in the nation.”

Market Data:
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. The new 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.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than the average at 75 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (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.

 

Travel Tips to Get You on Your Merry Way

December 21, 2009

With more than 250,000 passengers expected to travel through MKE between Christmas and New Year’s, pack these easy tips to make holiday travel a cinch!

  • Avoid Bag Humbug: Remember to review the TSA’s 3-1-1 program for details on what can be packed in a carry-on to avoid having to toss anything valuable. (www.tsa.gov/311)
  • No Surprises: When traveling with gifts, stay on security’s nice list by leaving gifts unwrapped so they can be properly screened. This includes carry-on bags and checked baggage.
  • Take Your Time, Warm Your Heart: Arrive 1½ – 2 hours early to allow time for check-in and clearing security, and for grabbing a gingerbread latte, of course.
  • Park and Slide into Savings: Airport’s SuperSaver lot costs just $5 a day and you can take the free sleigh…errr, shuttle to the terminal.
  • Precious Cargo: When traveling with children, remember these extra tips…
  • Have a silent flight by keeping kids busy with dry snacks, coloring and activity books, portable video game systems and portable DVD players.
  • Take advantage of the children’s indoor play areas and family restrooms conveniently located on all three concourses. No snow boots required.
  • Make the security process a bit more jolly by remembering that strollers must go through the security screener, so collapse and prepare them in advance.

Holiday passenger numbers up 44 percent at MKE

December 19, 2009

mitchellThe tree isn’t the only thing being trimmed at MKE this holiday. Elf-sized airfares and parking costs are attracting holiday travelers in droves. More than 250,000 travelers are expected to use MKE between December 19 and January 3, a 41.3 percent increase over last year. The busiest days? December 23 and the Monday after Christmas, with 19,160 and 19,138 passengers, respectively.

Walker Announces Record Number Of Christmas And New Year’s Passengers Expected At General Mitchell International Airport

December 18, 2009

MILWAUKEE (December 18, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced more good news for Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) this year. GMIA has trimmed airfares and parking costs along with the tree this year, which translates into projections of a record number of passengers for the holiday season.

The total number of travelers using Mitchell International between December 19 and January 3 is expected to be 252,134, a 41.13 percent increase over last year. The busiest day will be December 23, with an anticipated 19,160 passengers. The Monday after Christmas comes in a close second with 19,138 air travelers.

The 2009 Christmas and New Year’s passenger projections are attached.

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)
  • When traveling with holiday gifts, remember to leave them unwrapped. Security officers may have to unwrap a gift if they need to take a closer look inside. This includes both carry-ons at the security checkpoint and checked baggage.
  • Arrive early (1.5 – 2 hours) to allow plenty of time for check-in and clearing security.
  • Park in the Airport’s SuperSaver lot for just $5 a day and take the free shuttle to the terminal.
  • Travelers with children:
    • Remember the dry snacks, coloring and activity books, portable video game systems and portable DVD players.
    • Take advantage of the children’s play areas and family restrooms conveniently located on all three concourses.
    • 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.

Projected Number of Passengers (busiest day in yellow):

 

2008

2009

 
 

TOTAL

TOTAL

CHANGE

12/19 (Sa)

 

14647

-

12/20 (Su)

10580

12105

14.41%

12/21 (M)

12085

14734

21.92%

12/22 (Tu)

13605

16527

21.48%

12/23 (W)

13011

19160

47.26%

12/24 (Th)

12042

15363

27.58%

12/25 (F)

8249

13505

63.72%

12/26 (Sa)

9126

17925

96.42%

12/27 (Su)

13798

17286

25.28%

12/28 (M)

13675

19138

39.95%

12/29 (Tu)

12592

18158

44.20%

12/30 (W)

11456

16687

45.66%

 12/31 (Th)

11421

14285

 25.08%

1/1 (F)

9050

12275

35.64%

1/2 (Sa)

8846

15560

75.90%

1/3 (Su)

9739

14779

51.75%

1/4 (M)

9373

-

TOTAL

178648

252134

41.13%

Passengers by Time of Day:
2009 Passengers by Time of Day

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.

Southwest Airlines spreads its LUV to Milwaukee

December 11, 2009

Southwest_Airlines072434General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) recently celebrated the long-anticipated arrival of low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines (LUV), which launched service to six cities on November 1 including Baltimore/Washington, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay. MKE and Southwest Airlines got the party started by hosting a weekend of kick-off activities, including a convoy of Harley-Davidson motorcycles escorting Southwest Airlines’ first flight from the runway to the gate, charitable Halloween Party, tailgate bash for the Packers vs Vikings game, and an airport “kickoff” ceremony.

According to airport director Barry Bateman, Southwest bolsters MKE’s roster of low-fare carriers, reinforcing the airport’s reputation as one of the most competitive in the United States.

To feel the LUV, visit www.Southwest.com.

New AirTran service from MKE worthy of an A+

December 11, 2009

AirTranLogo_cropped072448Always accommodating the budget-minded business traveler, AirTran Airways will add new flights and service routes from Milwaukee, starting April 6. The lost-cost carrier will offer twice-daily flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), and add another daily flight to its current service to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Also, AirTran will partner with SkyWest Airlines to offer regional jet service from MKE to six cities: Pittsburgh; St. Louis; Akron/Canton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Des Moines, Iowa; and Omaha, Neb. Flights will begin on:

December 4, 2009 – Pittsburgh and St. Louis
January 5, 2010 – Akron/Canton and Indianapolis
February 11, 2010 – Des Moines and Omaha

To shop low fares to anywhere AirTran flies, visit www.AirTran.com.

Midwest stretches its wings to the West and East coasts

December 11, 2009

midwestlogo072515If you left your heart in San Francisco, Midwest Airlines may entice you to retrieve it this spring. Starting April 19, Midwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Milwaukee to San Francisco. But if the East Coast is calling your name, Midwest also will be adding twice-daily service from Milwaukee to Raleigh/Durham, N.C., starting April 1.

To celebrate the launch of the new service, Midwest is offering special pricing starting at $89 one way. Visit www.MidwestAirlines.com to get your trip started!

Fly American Eagle to the “Big D”

December 11, 2009

americaneaglelogo072529Whether you’re in search of rodeo, ribs or Tony Romo, American Eagle Airlines can get you to the Big D faster than you can say “More BBQ sauce, please.” Starting January 31, American Eagle will increase its daily nonstop service between Milwaukee and Dallas/Fort to five flights per day. Yeeee haw!

To book your trip, saddle up and visit www.aa.com.

Save a Lot: Try MKE’s new $5 SuperSaver parking lot

December 11, 2009

parking_landscape110627It’s hard enough to find a sandwich for less than $5 these days, but an airport parking spot? Ever attuned to the needs of savvy travelers, MKE has introduced its new SuperSaver parking lot with a 24-hour bargain rate of $5, including sales tax. The SuperSaver also offers free and convenient shuttle service directly to the airport terminal and is the lowest cost parking option at MKE.

In addition to SuperSaver parking, MKE continues to offer hourly covered parking for $2 per hour ($22 per day max), daily covered parking for $12 per day and adjacent surface parking(which contains the cell phone waiting lot) for $13 per day. The first 30 minutes of parking in the hourly and surface lots are free, and motorcycle parking is always free at the covered motorcycle parking area located at the north end of baggage claim drive!

New partnership brings Wi-Fi to your fingertips

December 11, 2009

airportwifi110758If you’re traveling through or from MKE this holiday season, and have some extra time on your hands, hop on to free Wi-Fi! Through January 15, Boingo has partnered with Google to offer free Wi-Fi to travelers at MKE, and 31 other airports around the country.

Fall Travel: One for the record books!

December 11, 2009

DAtriumUpper073830With average airfares out of MKE lower than those of 75 other U.S. airports, including O’Hare, it’s no wonder MKE recorded record numbers of fall passengers. Airport officials attribute the bump to an increase in flights and service routes.

“Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers have enthusiastically welcomed the new low-fare flight options out of Mitchell Airport, filling just about every seat the airlines added this fall,” said Barry Bateman, Airport Director.

Naughty or nice, treat yourself at MKE

December 11, 2009

present085053If air travel is on your agenda this holiday season, you might find yourself at MKE with a few minutes to spare. In honor of all things festive, we bring you a list of the Top 5 jolliest things to do at MKE this Holiday Season – besides take-off!

1.  Finish last minute shopping without having to fight for parking. Surf MKE’s free Wi-Fi through January 15.

2.  Search for a vintage copy of A Christmas Carol in the Renassiannce Bookstore.

3.  The holidays are a time to relax. Recombobulate in MKE’s much-talked-about “Recombobulation Area” on the other side of security.

4.  Find out how people traveled home for the holidays ages ago when you tour the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Museum inside the main terminal.

5.  Indulge in a sweet holiday treat or savor a peppermint mocha coffee at Alterra Coffee. There are three, found on concourses C, D and in the main terminal near the entrance to Concourse E.