Archives for July 2010

Frontier Airlines Makes Changes At Milwaukee Hub

July 1, 2010

Two New Destinations; More Convenient Schedules

MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2010) - Frontier Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET), today announced it will launch two new destinations out of its Milwaukee hub. The new service includes twice-daily nonstop flights between Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) and Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) beginning Sept. 27, 2010, and four weekly roundtrips to San Antonio International Airport (SAT) beginning Nov. 19, 2010. Fares will be available for purchase on beginning July 1 for the San Antonio service and July 4 for the Hartford service.

“Frontier Airlines will be the only carrier providing nonstop service between Milwaukee and both Hartford and San Antonio,” said Daniel Shurz, VP of strategy and planning. “With the addition of this service we continue our commitment to providing the state of Wisconsin with more destinations, convenient schedules and affordable air fares.”

In addition to the new destinations, Frontier Airlines is also making a number of adjustments to flight schedules out of Milwaukee on Nov. 19. The carrier will upgrade the aircraft serving several of its popular destinations out of Milwaukee. This will include an upgrade to Airbus A319 service on all Boston (BOS), Washington, D.C. (DCA), and New York (LGA) flights, which were previously served with a combination of Embraer 170 and 190 and Airbus A319 aircraft. The carrier will also upgrade all Milwaukee to Philadelphia (PHL) flights from ERJ 145 to E170 service.

(Read the Full Release from Frontier Airlines Here)

Walker Announces Record May Passenger Count For General Mitchell International Airport

July 1, 2010

Second Busiest Month on Record

MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in May 2010 set a record for the month of May and was the second busiest month ever at the airport. May’s total of 836,961 passengers was an increase of 35.25 percent over last May’s 618,830 passengers. The May total marks nine straight months of record passenger growth.

Walker credited Mitchell’s low fares and additional air service for May’s dramatic increase in passengers. “Price is king in this economy,” he said. “The low fares have attracted business travelers and vacationers from around the region, which gives a great boost to our local economy. The better our air service, the more attractive Milwaukee is to convention planners and business developers.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With nationwide growth in passengers at 2 percent in May, the aviation industry is seeing just a gradual return to flying. Mitchell’s growth in comparison was 35 percent. Travelers looking for a low-cost, yet convenient way to get to Chicago’s northern suburbs are flying into Mitchell Airport.”

Recently 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.