Archives for January 2010

MKE wraps up 2009 with more December passengers than ever

January 28, 2010

While the rest of the country was counting down to the new year, Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport (MKE) was counting the upswing in passengers for another record month. The December 2009 passenger count was the busiest on record for that month, totaling 728,067 passengers, a 33.91 percent increase from December 2008. And for the first time, MKE saw more than 700,000 passengers in the month of December.

Passenger numbers at MKE continue to grow due in part to more flights from AirTran, Midwest and Delta, and the November addition of Southwest Airlines to the MKE lineup. Averages fares out of Mitchell International Airport continue to be lower than the average at 75 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (2nd Quarter 2009).

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The number of passengers from northern Illinois and the northern Chicago suburbs taking advantage of Mitchell’s low-fare service continues to grow. For the last six months of 2009, the number of Illinois cars in our parking areas averaged over 10 percent. Milwaukee/Chicago is a busy region for air travel, and Mitchell International has become one of the most price-competitive airports in the nation.”

Walker Announces A Record December And Fourth Quarter For General Mitchell International Airport

January 25, 2010

Passenger Count Even with 2008; Beats Nationwide Decline of 6%

MILWAUKEE (January 25, 2010) â€“ Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the December 2009 passenger count was the busiest on record for the month of December at General Mitchell International Airport. The December total of 728,067 passengers was an increase of 33.91 percent over last December’s 543,679 passengers, and was the first time more than 700,000 passengers used the airport in the month of December.

For the year 2009, Mitchell’s passenger total declined 0.13 percent from 2008’s record number. Passenger totals for each of the first eight months of 2009 decreased as a result of flight reductions at Mitchell and airports throughout the U.S. Each of the last four months of the year was a record for that month, however, with enough passengers to bring the 2009 passenger count, at 7,946,562, to just a fraction off the 2008 total of 7,956,968. Nationwide, passenger traffic declined 6 percent in 2009 compared with 2008, according to the Air Transport Association.

Walker said, “AirTran, Midwest, Frontier and Delta all added flights to Mitchell in 2009, and with the startup of Southwest Airlines in November, the airport served 600,683 more passengers in the final four months of the year than in the same period of 2008. It was a phenomenal closeout to the year.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The number of passengers from northern Illinois and the northern Chicago suburbs taking advantage of Mitchell’s low-fare service continues to grow. For the last six months of 2009, the number of Illinois cars in our parking areas averaged over 10 percent. Milwaukee/Chicago is a busy region for air travel, and Mitchell International 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.

Akron Canton Airport Revs its Engine for New Service to MKE!

January 14, 2010

If it’s true that birds of a feather flock together, then Akron Canton Airport CAK_to_MKE_on_AirTran(CAK), (also an alternative airport for travel to Cleveland, Ohio), can be our co-pilot any day! CAK celebrated AirTran Airways’ new, three daily nonstop flights from CAK to Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport (MKE) with a Harley-Davidson-themed launch. Marking the inaugural flight to Milwaukee on January 5, CAK staff and airport passengers donned leather vests and celebrated around a Harley Davidson motorcycle parked in the terminal. “This opens Northern Chicago to our passengers,” said Rick McQueen, president and CEO of Akron Canton Airport. “We are delighted to work in close partnership with SkyWest and AirTran Airways to launch new service to Milwaukee. The new flights provide important new options, low fares and excellent access to the Northern Chicago region.”

November Record Numbers

January 6, 2010

The November 2009 passenger total at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) set a record as the airport’s busiest November ever, thanks in part to the launch of Southwest Airlines service. More than 725,000 passengers, a 37.96 percent increase compared to November 2008, passed through MKE in November. Following new and increased service offerings, 34 percent more airlines seats were available – room for November’s 200,000 additional passengers. “With 12 airlines and nearly 220 daily departures, MKE has become one of the most price competitive airports in the nation,” said airport director Barry Bateman.

MKE cheers up the Cranky Flier

January 6, 2010

Travel writer Brett Snyder, better known as the Cranky Flier, spent part of the holidays flying, and blogging, his way across the country during the busiest travel time of the year. Lucky for us, fate and a red-eye flight brought him to General Mitchell International Airport where he had time to explore before he gave glowing reviews of Midwest Airline’s Best Care Club and the airport’s Renaissance Bookstore, and even complimented MKE’s short security lines!

Manager of MKE’s news and gift shops earns national recognition

January 6, 2010

MKE travelers aren’t our only shining stars! Randy Larson, manager of the news and gift shops at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport, was recently honored as Top Manager of the Year at the Paradies 31st Annual Management Seminar and Merchandise Show. Larson was considered for the award among managers from 80 of the top performing The Paradies Shops around the country.