Archives for April 2010

Rain or shine, Midwest has a nonstop solution

April 8, 2010

ma_s_t_pw3095227Rain dwellers and sun seekers rejoice! Midwest Airlines’ new nonstop seasonal service between Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport (MKE) and sun-drenched San Diego begins April 19, while service from MKE to Seattle/Tacoma, aka the “Emerald City,” starts May 14.

Introductory one-way pricing, beginning at $99, is now available on both routes. Book your getaway to either of these gems by visiting midwestairlines.com.

Hitch a ride to Dallas with AirTran

April 8, 2010

AirTranLogo_cropped095245If you’re heading to the Big D, and we do mean Dallas, grab your partner and pony up to AirTran’s new twice-daily, nonstop flights from MKE to Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW), which started April 6. For fares worthy of a “yee haw,” check out airtran.com.

AirTran makes a home at MKE

April 8, 2010

air-tran.plane044418AirTran Airways now has one more reason to call Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport home! Following the low-cost airline’s establishment of MKE as its second major hub earlier this year, it has now opened a new crew base at MKE that includes more than 50 Boeing 737 pilots and 50 flight attendants. The new base comes on the heels of major growth for AirTran, which expects to grow its daily flights from MKE to 56 by this summer. “With the right prices, we will attract customers from northern Illinois and keep Wisconsin residents from driving to Chicago for flights,” said AirTran CEO Bob Fornaro.

MKE kicks off 2010 with largest ever first quarter

April 8, 2010

mke_passenger_chart101342At MKE, our New Year’s resolution was to serve more travelers than ever. So far, so good. While nationwide passenger counts declined compared with 2009, MKE’s January passenger count soared with a 43.14 percent increase, and February and March also saw double-digit increases, making it the busiest first quarter on record.

The growth reflects the new service added over the past six months by Southwest, AirTran, Midwest, Frontier, American and Delta.

Passengers reaping rewards of airline competition

April 8, 2010

blurred_biz_travelers101412Travel writers and experts have been examining the impressive growth at Mitchell Airport, especially since the roster of low fare carriers grew after Southwest Airlines joined the party last November. The latest look came from Travel Weekly writer Michael Fabey who explained in a recent article how airlines and passengers are reaping the rewards of competitive airfares by using Milwaukee’s Mitchell as an alternative airport to Chicago, calling Mitchell Airport “ripe for growth.” According to the U.S. Transportation Department, MKE’s annual passenger count grew by about 54 percent, to about 7.5 million, between 2002 and 2009, while total passenger traffic for the nation grew by only about 9 percent during those years.

Food court mixes it up

April 8, 2010

Quiznos095622When you’re traveling through MKE and you’ve got a serious case of the munchies, check out the newest additions in the main terminal food court. The newly renovated row of quick-serve restaurants now includes Quizno’s, and will welcome Italian eatery Famous Famiglia later this spring.

Walker Announces 34% Increase In February Passengers At General Mitchell International Airport

April 1, 2010

Low airfares, competitive service draw region’s travelers

MILWAUKEE (April 1, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today a 34% increase in the number of February passengers at General Mitchell International Airport, making it the busiest February on record. The total of 668,504 passengers was 168,479 more than last February’s 500,025 passengers.

Walker said, “Passengers from around Wisconsin and northern Illinois are enjoying the savings resulting from new, competitive service on Mitchell’s low-fare airlines. This busy, thriving airport will continue to drive the economic health of our area.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With a 34 percent increase in passengers, Mitchell soared past the national numbers and remains one of the fastest-growing airports anywhere.” Passenger traffic nationwide declined 2.9 percent in February, according to the Air Transport Association.

The airport has seen a significant increase in the number of northern Illinois and Chicago-area travelers making the under-60-minute drive to Mitchell to take advantage of its low fares and parking fees.

Market Data:
With 48 markets, Mitchell International has moved up to 28th among U.S. airports in number of markets served nonstop, according to data recently 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 89 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (3rd Quarter 2009). Mitchell’s average fare was about $81 less than O’Hare’s and $60 less than the nation’s average fare.