Archives for June 2010

Walker Announces Record April Passenger Count For General Mitchell International Airport

June 7, 2010

Mitchell’s Average Airfare Drops Below Chicago Midway’s

MILWAUKEE (June 7, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in April 2010 set a record for that month. April’s total of 832,641 passengers was an increase of 36.6 percent over last April’s 609,560 passengers. The April total marks eight straight months of record passenger growth.

Walker cited last fall’s start of service by Southwest Airlines as sparking the spike in passengers. “Southwest has terrific name recognition,” he said. “AirTran has fulfilled its promise to make Milwaukee a hub, and Frontier continues to add cities and service. Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers are benefitting from fantastic airfare deals.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell’s April growth at 36% far outpaced the nationwide growth rate of 0.5%. Travelers from this region, including the northern Chicago suburbs, see Mitchell as a low-fare, easy and accessible airport.”

Newly released U.S. Department of Transportation data for 4th Quarter 2009 show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 92 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $91 less than O’Hare’s, $72 less than the nation’s average and, for the first time, less than Midway Airport’s by $10.

Market Data:
With 51 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.

AirTran introduces new nonstops to New Orleans and Sarasota

June 4, 2010

AirTran introduces new nonstops to New Orleans and Sarasota

From the French Quarter to the Washington Monument, and many places in between, AirTran Airways has your destination covered, introducing new, additional and returning nonstop service options from its hub at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport (MKE):

New service offerings will include:

  • New, nonstop flights to New Orleans in October
  • New, nonstop flights to Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla., in November
  • Adding a third daily flight to Boston this July
  • Adding a fourth daily flight to Washington/Reagan National this October
  • Returning seasonal service to Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale in November

“>From north to south, and east to west, we are building a route network in Milwaukee that will be more convenient for travelers,” said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ chairman, president and CEO. To snag a great deal on one of these destinations, visit www.airtran.com.

Sunny Cancun now just a nonstop flight away on Frontier

June 4, 2010

Sunny Cancun now just a nonstop flight away on Frontier

If your ideal winter escape includes an umbrella in your drink rather than one in your hand, Frontier Airlines has a nonstop for you! Beginning December 19, Frontier will offer new, twice-weekly seasonal nonstop service between Milwaukee and Cancun, Mexico, through May 1, 2011, with a third flight operating February 1 – April 15, 2011. “This is a period of substantial growth for Frontier and we are excited to add an exciting new nonstop destination out of Milwaukee,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s VP of strategy and planning. To plan your smokin’ hot vacation to Cancun, check out cool deals on www.frontierairlines.com.

Frontier Airlines welcomes furry friends, and not just on their tails

June 4, 2010

Frontier Airlines welcomes furry friends, and not just on their tails

Frontier Airlines now offers flight service for its four-legged (or winged) friends! For a nominal fee, travelers can bring pets aboard, including small dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters or small household birds, as long as they meet the weight and size stipulations. “We received a lot of feedback on our pet policy and determined they would be a welcomed addition to the Frontier travel experience,” said Ian Arthur, Frontier Airlines’ vice president of marketing and branding. Now isn’t that just purr-fect! For tips on traveling with pets, check out Frontier Airlines’ pets page.

Detour to MKE

June 4, 2010

Detour to MKE

It is famously said that there are just two seasons in the Upper Midwest: winter and road construction. While we can’t change the weather, we can work around it to make sure getting to Mitchell Airport is still as easy as possible while the I-94 north/south corridor is under construction. Check out the latest updates and detour information at www.flymke.com/drive, and to avoid any unwanted surprises on your next trip to the airport, be sure to add 15 minutes to your travel time.

AirTran’s new “Brewers 1″ plane supports YMCA kids

June 4, 2010

AirTran's new “Brewers 1“ plane supports YMCA kids

On May 17, AirTran’s custom-painted plane with throwback Milwaukee Brewers colors and logo was unveiled at MKE. Present for the reveal and to celebrate the aircraft’s new look were Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers, mascot Bernie Brewer, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and AirTran, Brewers and YMCA executives among other VIP guests. Kids from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee pulled the 120,000-lb aircraft 20 feet at the event to earn $50,000 for their summer sports program. For grand slam flight deals or to book your summer travel, check out www.airtran.com.

Flying pizza pie guy entertains at MKE food court

June 4, 2010

Flying pizza pie guy entertains at MKE food court

Airplanes weren’t the only things flying at MKE during the recent grand opening of the Famous Famiglia Pizzeria in the main terminal food court. The quick-serve Italian restaurant, which offers pizza, pasta and salads, hosted an entertaining dough-throwing show while travelers waited for their slice of heavenly pie!

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