Archives for December 2010

County Executive Holloway Announces A Record Number Of November Passengers For General Mitchell International Airport

December 30, 2010

15th Straight Record Month

MILWAUKEE (December 30, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway today announced a new record for the number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell International Airport in the month of November. The airport served 791,013 passengers, an increase of 9.1 percent (65,956 passengers) over last November’s 725,048 passengers. The November total marks 15 straight months of record passenger growth.

In the first 11 months of 2010, the airport served 9,074,036 passengers, an increase of 25.71 percent (1.9 million passengers) over the same period in 2009. This is the first year in which Mitchell broke the 9 million passenger mark.

Holloway noted that the growth at Mitchell has a tremendous economic impact throughout the county and southeastern part of the state. “It’s great to see the number of new hotels, restaurants, retail, service and transportation businesses that have recently opened near the airport,” he said.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Low, competitive fares continue to make Mitchell a magnet for travelers looking for a convenient gateway to Chicago, Rockford and northern Illinois, in addition to many areas of Wisconsin. Another growth sector has been passengers who are transferring from one AirTran or Frontier flight to another as part of those airlines’ hub operations at Mitchell.”

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.

AirTran has your nonstop ticket to New Orleans, Phoenix and Tampa

December 23, 2010

AirTran has your nonstop ticket to New Orleans, Phoenix and Tampa From the birthplace of jazz to The Sunshine State, AirTran has passengers covered with new nonstop service. AirTran is currently offering twice-daily nonstop service between New Orleans and Milwaukee, and Phoenix and Milwaukee. Additional thrice-daily seasonal nonstop service launches today, and new nonstop service between Tampa and Milwaukee will begin March 8, 2011.

Compare fares and check out AirTran’s list of nonstop service offerings at Airtran.com!

MKE serves up tasty treats with new burger & custard

December 23, 2010

MKE serves up tasty treats with new burger & custard

Traveling through Mitchell Airport is a little sweeter these days, thanks to the recent opening of Bartolotta’s Northpoint eatery. The shop is a twin to Milwaukee’s well-known Northpoint snack bar on the Lake Michigan waterfront, serving old fashioned custard and its famous tasty burgers, fries and shakes. Northpoint is located in the main concession mall, so passengers and meeters ’n greeters can enjoy a treat.

Cooler by the Lake opens at MKE

December 23, 2010

Cooler by the Lake opens at MKE

Ideal for both hurried travelers and those with time to spare, Mitchell Airport’s new restaurant, Cooler by the Lake, offers sit-down dining and grab ‘n go service. Located in Concourse E, the new eatery also features a full bar with widescreen televisions.

MKE breaks passenger records in 2010

December 23, 2010

MKE breaks passenger records in 2010

For the first time in Mitchell Airport history, more than 9 million passengers were served in one year! The news followed 14 consecutive months of record passenger growth at MKE, and made one lucky traveler’s day. Vatsa Veeravalli of San Antonio, TX was the 9 millionth passenger, arriving via Frontier Airlines. To commemorate the occasion, the airport presented him with a rolling suitcase filled with airport logo items and Frontier Airlines surprised him with a $500 Frontier Fly Bucks gift card. Visit our Facebook page for a glimpse of the celebration.

Google Chrome, AirTran and Delta say “happy holidays” with free inflight Wi-Fi

December 23, 2010

Google Chrome, AirTran and Delta say “happy holidays” with free inflight Wi-Fi

Passengers will have no trouble staying connected while in the skies this holiday season, thanks to Google Chrome teaming up with AirTran and Delta to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight. Now through January 2, 2011, passengers on AirTran or Delta just need to bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or mobile device, and the airlines will take care of the rest!

MKE concessions receive national recognition

December 8, 2010

milwaukee_bottom_image2Mitchell Airport’s Nonna Bartolotta’s and Alterra Coffee recently earned top spots in the Airports Council International – North America 2010 Excellence in Airport Concessions Contest! The Italian-style restaurant was awarded Best New Food and Beverage Concept, while the local coffee roaster won Best Green Concession Concept. We couldn’t be more proud of their steady delivery of outstanding food and beverages to MKE passengers.

Walker Announces A Record October For General Mitchell International Airport

December 6, 2010

14th Straight Record Month

MILWAUKEE (December 6, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker today announced a new record for the number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell International Airport in the month of October. The airport served 834,635 passengers, an increase of 18.22 percent (128,646 passengers) over last October’s 705,989 passengers. The October total marks 14 straight months of record passenger growth.

In the first 10 months of 2010, the airport served 8,283,023 passengers, an increase of 27.56 percent (1.8 million passengers) over the same period in 2009.

“The airlines at Mitchell International continue to offer the kind of deeply discounted fares that attract passengers from an ever-wider region,” Walker said. “These reasonable fares boost the business, convention and tourism impact of our area’s economy.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, Mitchell’s growth continues to far outpace the nation’s average. Many of our new customers are coming from the northern Illinois region. People come for the low fares and keep coming back for the convenience. In addition, many more passengers are transferring from one flight to another at Mitchell, as approximately 170,000 travelers connected through the AirTran and Frontier hubs in October.’

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.