Archives for October 2010

Walker Announces Arrival Of 8 Millionth Passenger Of 2010 At General Mitchell International Airport

October 29, 2010

One Lucky Passenger Wins Prize Package Including Free Southwest Airlines Tickets

MILWAUKEE (October 29, 2010) - Milwaukee County officials and representatives from Southwest Airlines were on hand at General Mitchell International Airport this morning to welcome the 8 millionth passenger to use the airport this year. The arrival represents the first time more than 8 million passengers have used the airport in a single year, and highlights 12 months of record passenger growth.

“Mitchell International Airport continues to thrive in an industry that, in other locations, is struggling,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. “This event is a milestone for Milwaukee County and I applaud our airport staff and all our spectacular airline partners for the continuing growth of this airport,” said Walker. Walker also cited additional air service, including the start of service by Southwest Airlines last November, and low airfares as factors that have fueled the increase in passengers.

The lucky 8 millionth passenger was Carol DeSoto who arrived on Southwest Airlines Flight #404 from Baltimore Washington International Airport at 9:25 a.m. Carol is visiting Milwaukee for her parents’ 60th wedding anniversary and was surprised to find out she was the lucky passenger. Airport Director Barry Bateman presented Carol with a new Mitchell Airport suitcase filled with goodies to commemorate the occasion. Southwest Airlines’ Brad Hawkins was also on hand to celebrate the milestone and kick off Southwest’s one-year anniversary of starting service at MKE. He presented Carol with a pair of roundtrip tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “We are very pleased to see that our growth is not only from southeastern Wisconsin area, but in large part from northern Illinois travelers who are making the under-60-minute drive and taking advantage of our lower fares and less hectic atmosphere than found at O’Hare.”

The number of passengers using Mitchell International in 2010 has already exceeded 2009′s record total of 7,946,562, although the final 2010 count will not be known until late January.

Market Data: U.S. Department of Transportation data for 2nd Quarter 2010 (most recent) show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 93 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $93 less than O’Hare’s, $78 less than the nation’s average and $10 less than Midway’s. Out of the nation’s top 100 airports, Mitchell was one of only three at which average 2nd Quarter airfares were lower in 2010 than in 2009.

Airports Council International reported that during the 2nd Quarter 2010, Mitchell was the third fastest-growing airport in the world, exceeded only by airports in Istanbul, Turkey and Moscow, Russia. Mitchell was the only U.S. airport among the top 30 fastest growing airports worldwide.

With 56 markets, Mitchell 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 Kansas City; 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.

Funjet Vacations heats up the Midwest with new nonstop service to Mexico and the Caribbean

October 25, 2010

FUNJETEscape the chill with ease this winter, with new nonstop service to Mexico and the Caribbean offered by Funjet Vacations. Starting December 18, Funjet Vacations will  feature round-trip charter and value flight getaways from MKE to the sun-drenched destinations, with service via AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines:

  • Cancun/Riviera Maya: December 18, 2010 – April 27, 2011
  • Cozumel: January 29, 2011 – March 26, 2011
  • Jamaica: December 26, 2010 – April 23, 2011
  • Puerto Vallarta: December 26, 2010 – April 24, 2011
  • Punta Cana: December 26, 2010 – April 25, 2011

The new service includes Funjet Vacations’ expanded flight options to Cancun/Riviera Maya with all new service via Frontier Airlines. Plus, new Sunday flights to Punta Cana and Saturday flights to Jamaica will be added in 2011! MKE travelers can book their Mexico or Caribbean vacation package by calling their travel agent or visiting www.Funjet.com.

Rain or shine, Frontier has a nonstop solution

October 25, 2010

FrontierLogo035524[1]Those venturing westward will enjoy Frontier’s new seasonal nonstops to Seattle/Tacoma (SEA), aka the “Emerald City,” and sun-drenched Phoenix (PHX). Beginning December 16 and lasting through January 4, 2011, Frontier will offer twice-weekly nonstops from MKE to SEA. A second daily nonstop from MKE to PHX will be offered February 14 through April 17, 2011.

Visit www.frontierairlines.com to get your trip started!

“Like” MKE for a chance to fly and dine for FREE

October 15, 2010

ThumbsUp035805[1]As Mitchell Airport’s passenger traffic grows, we are happy to say so does our fan base. If you’re a member of Facebook, fly on over to Mitchell Airport’s fan page, “Like” us and click on the Win Free Airfare tab for details on how to enter for a chance to win. Share it with your friends – the faster our fan page grows, the more chances for you to win!

We’ll reward a few lucky fans with a voucher from the MKE airline of their choice when we hit these milestones:

  • When 500 people “like” us, we’ll award a $100 airfare voucher
  • At 750, a $250 voucher will be awarded
  • At 1,000, a $500 voucher will be awarded

We’ll randomly draw from all the entrants. Winners of the $100 and $250 vouchers also will be eligible to win the subsequent vouchers. And along the way, we’ll also randomly draw for $10 certificates, good at the Famous Famiglia or Quizno’s in MKE’s concession mall.

First, make sure you’ve clicked the “Like” button on our Facebook page. Then fill out the form here to enter!

MKE heats up with record summer passengers

October 15, 2010

RecordPassengers035603[1]It was a summer for the record books at Mitchell Airport! Not for the heat index, but rather for the record number of passengers who traveled out of the airport in June, July and August.

In August alone the airport’s passenger count increased nearly 20 percent compared to August 2009, marking the twelfth straight month of record passenger growth and surpassing the previous highest single-month records in June and July 2010.

In the first eight months of 2010, the airport served 6.6 million passengers, a 30 percent increase over the same period in 2009.

Plan your next trip at www.mitchellairport.com.

Frontier connects MKE to historic Hartford, serene San Antonio and sunny St. Petersberg

October 15, 2010

FrontierLogo035524[1]Retrace the steps of Mark Twain or take in a number of historical sites in Hartford, CT, one of the most history-rich cities on the East Coast, thanks to new service from Frontier Airlines. The new twice-daily nonstop flights between MKE and Bradley International Airport (BDL) began September 27.

Travelers can also now step back into the days of the Alamo or stroll the beautiful San Antonio River Walk with new four times-weekly nonstop flights from MKE to San Antonio International Airport (SAT), beginning November 19, 2010.

Those looking to take a break from the chilly Midwest this winter can still escape to sunny Florida. Frontier will move its seasonal service between Milwaukee and Tampa International Airport (TPA) to nearby St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), starting Nov. 18, 2010.

Check out all Frontier’s destinations from MKE!

Walker Announces Third Straight All-Time Record Month For General Mitchell International Airport

October 4, 2010

MILWAUKEE (October 4, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that August 2010 saw a single-month record number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell International Airport. The airport served 943,323 passengers, an increase of 19.89 percent (156,489 passengers) over last August’s 786,834 passengers. The August total marks 12 straight months of record passenger growth, and surpasses the previous single-month highs of 922,984 passengers in June and 928,497 passengers in July 2010.

In the first eight months of 2010, the airport has served 6,657,265 passengers, an increase of 29.55 percent (1.5 million passengers) over the same period in 2009.

“Students and families were able to travel on super-low fares in August before heading back to school,” Walker said. “VISIT Milwaukee had a good summer convention season, and more and more business travelers are choosing a low-fare ticket to help with their company’s bottom line.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “There were 43,000 more passengers connecting in Milwaukee this August compared to August 2009, reflecting the growth in our AirTran and Frontier hubs. Milwaukee Mitchell, with a 20 percent growth rate in August, far outpaced the nation’s average growth of 1 percent.”

Market Data: U.S. Department of Transportation data for 1st Quarter 2010 (most recent) show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 93 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $98 less than o’Hare’s, $78 less than the nation’s average and $17 less than Midway’s. Mitchell’s average fare represented the largest quarter-over-quarter drop in the nation at -16.6 percent.

Airports Council International reported (revised) that during the 1st Quarter 2010, growth at Mitchell was exceeded worldwide only by airports in Istanbul, Turkey; Phuket, Thailand and Moscow, Russia, and that Mitchell was the only U.S. airport among the top 30 fastest growing airports worldwide.

With 56 markets, Mitchell 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 Kansas City; 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.