Archives for April 2011

American Airlines mainline service returns to MKE

April 21, 2011

American Airlines mainline service returns to MKEDallas travelers rejoice! Mitchell Airport welcomes the return of American Airlines’ mainline service between MKE and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). American Airlines launched the twice-daily flights earlier this month, which were previously handled by American Eagle. Check out all of American Airlines’ service offerings at aa.com.

Frontier connects MKE to destinations from coast to coast

April 21, 2011

Frontier connects MKE to destinations from coast to coastThis May, Frontier will add a bevy of service, from east to west. On May 13, a fourth frequency from MKE to Boston Logan (BOS) will be added, in addition to nonstops between MKE and San Francisco (SFO), and MKE and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA). On May 14, Frontier will launch nonstop service between MKE and sunny San Diego (SAN). And, the seasonal MKE-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) connection will be extended until May 12 (originally scheduled to end April 17).

In other new service news, Frontier recently launched twice-daily nonstops from MKE to Manistee, Mich. and Rhinelander, Wis., replacing Great Lakes Airlines on those routes. Furthermore, a fourth frequency from MKE to New York-La Guardia (LGA) was added. Visit FrontierAirlines.com to book your next trip!

MKE marks 18th straight month of growth

April 21, 2011

MKE marks 18th straight month of growth

Mitchell Airport’s passenger numbers continue to climb, tallying record growth for the 18th consecutive month. MKE served 652,380 passengers in February 2011, resulting in a 0.72 percent increase over February 2010.

NY Times shares MKE’s low fares (second lowest, to be exact)

April 21, 2011

NY Times shares MKE’s low fares (second lowest, to be exact)

The New York Times featured a helpful round-up of airfare comparisons from airports nationwide in its recent article, “Which Airports Have the Most Unfair Fares?” How did MKE’s fares rank among other airports? The airport landed second best among the nation’s 50 busiest airports, coming in at $75 “underpriced.” Check out the article to find out which airports fall on the “overpriced” and “competitively priced” lists.

Stars and Stripes flies WWII vets to D.C., MKE

April 21, 2011

Stars and stripes flies WWII vets to D.C., MKEA group of 225 World War II veterans were greeted by thousands at Mitchell Airport as they deplaned their Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, returning from a complimentary visit to their WWII memorial in Washington D.C. The mid-April trip was hosted in part by the Honor Flight Network, a national program that sent 22,149 veterans to see their memorial at no cost in 2010. Wisconsin currently hosts six Honor Flight hubs, with the Stars and Stripes branch serving Milwaukee and the state’s southeastern region. To date, Stars and Stripes has flown more than 1,000 Wisconsin veterans to Washington D.C.

Make-a-Wish Foundation, Frontier send family to Disney World

April 21, 2011

The Make-a-Wish Foundation and Frontier Airlines recently teamed up to grant a young girl’s wish: sending five-year-old Aliann Winchester of Waukesha, Wis. and her family to Disney World. A bevy of smiles were captured at the family’s send-off at Mitchell Airport, along with plenty of excitement from Aliann: “I’m looking forward to seeing Ariel, princesses and swimming!” Visit our Facebook page for the full story.

MKE family friendly-approved by travel blogger + kids

April 21, 2011

MKE family friendly-approved by travel blogger + kids

Mitchell Airport recently hosted travel blogger Beth Blair of The Vacation Gals and her family, who experienced MKE’s family-friendly attributes first-hand. Beth’s comprehensive review covers all of MKE’s kid-oriented nooks and crannies, including concourse play areas, shopping (the Renaissance used book store was her family’s personal favorite) and yes – even the family bathrooms with kid-sized amenities. Check out her full review for helpful tips, fun photos and notes about other MKE features and amenities!

February 18th Straight Record Month For General Mitchell International Airport

April 1, 2011

MILWAUKEE (April 1, 2011) - Interim Milwaukee County Executive Marvin Pratt today announced that February was the 18th straight month of record passenger numbers at General Mitchell International Airport. The total of 652,380 passengers represents a 0.72 percent increase over February 2010.

Pratt said, “Mitchell International is the gateway to Wisconsin and increasingly, northern Illinois. A strong, thriving airport is vital to the continued growth of business, industry and tourism in our region.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “We see continued growth in passengers transferring from one flight to another at Mitchell Airport as part of the AirTran and Frontier hub operations. Additionally, Delta; Southwest; United; Continental; US Airways; Air Canada and American provide the competitive nonstop air service and low airfares that are a magnet for travelers from an increasingly larger area.”

Market Data: U.S. Department of Transportation data for 3rd Quarter 2010 (most recent) show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 92 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $99 less than O’Hare’s, $77 less than the nation’s average and $8 less than Midway’s.

Mitchell ranked among the top 30 fastest-growing airports in the world in 2010, according to Airports Council International.

With 56 markets, Mitchell has moved up to 28th among U.S. airports in number of markets served nonstop, according to data published by the Brookings Institute. The 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.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visitwww.mitchellairport.com.