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Walker Greets Record Breaking 9 Millionth Passenger Of 2010 At General Mitchell International Airport

November 29, 2010

One Lucky Passenger Wins Prize Package Including Free Frontier Airlines Tickets

MILWAUKEE (November 29, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, Mitchell International Airport officials and representatives from Frontier Airlines were on hand at General Mitchell International Airport today to welcome the 9 millionth passenger to use the airport this year. The arrival represents the first time more than 9 million passengers have used the airport in a single year, and highlights 13 months of record passenger growth.

“Travelers at Milwaukee County’s Mitchell International Airport continue to enjoy competitive airfares that are not only lower on average than Chicago’s O’Hare, but are $78 lower than the national average,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. “Coupled with our ease of travel, convenient parking and relaxed atmosphere, it’s no wonder travelers from Wisconsin and northern Illinois are making Mitchell their airport of choice.”

The lucky 9 millionth passenger was Vatsa Veeravalli who arrived on Frontier Airlines Flight #321 from Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Veeravalli and his wife were on their way home to San Antonio and was surprised to find out he was the lucky passenger as they transferred flights. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker presented him with a new Mitchell Airport suitcase filled with goodies to commemorate the occasion, and Frontier Airlines’ Jim Reichart awarded him a $500 Frontier Fly Bucks gift card.

“Frontier Airlines is thrilled to be part of this milestone celebration at General Mitchell International Airport. We’re proud to continue our 25-year legacy of providing travelers with the most nonstop service from Milwaukee,” said Jim Reichart, vice president of Sales, Distribution and Loyalty for Frontier Airlines.

“With a 28.7 percent increase over the first nine months of this year over 2009, Milwaukee continues to far outpace the national average,” said Airport Director Barry Bateman.

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.

Walker Announces A Record September For General Mitchell International Airport

November 4, 2010
13th Straight Record Month

MILWAUKEE (November 4, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today a new record for the number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell International Airport in the month of September. The airport served 791,123 passengers, an increase of 21.94 percent (142,344 passengers) over last September’s 648,779 passengers. The September total marks 13 straight months of record passenger growth.

In the first nine months of 2010, the airport served 7,448,388 passengers, an increase of 28.7 percent (1.7 million passengers) over the same period in 2009.

“Mitchell International continues its phenomenal growth,” Walker said. “A healthy number of low fare nonstop flights is crucial to our region’s efforts to attract and retain new businesses.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell’s AirTran and Frontier hubs continued to grow in September. There were 174,294 passengers connecting in Milwaukee on those airlines, 27,234 more than last September.” He added, “With a 21.94 percent passenger growth rate in September, Mitchell far outpaced the nation’s average growth of 4 percent.”

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.