March 19th Straight Record Month
MILWAUKEE (May 5, 2011) - Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that March was the 19th straight month of record passenger numbers at General Mitchell International Airport. The total of 896,158 passengers represents a 3.78 percent increase over March 2010. In first quarter 2011, the airport served 2,256,103 passengers, up 2.88 percent over the same period in 2010.
“The airport is a major economic driver and plays a tremendous role in bringing both business and tourism to Milwaukee County,” said Abele. “When you’re in the airport, you can see and feel the vibrant energy of a growing number of passengers. Mitchell International has created a buzz with the region’s lowest airfares.”
Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Once northern Illinois, northern Chicago and Rockford travelers find out how easy and affordable it is to fly out of Mitchell, they become our loyal customers, and we appreciate that.” Bateman added, “We saw 11 percent growth this March over last in passengers using Mitchell’s AirTran and Frontier hub operations to transfer from one flight to another. Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways all showed increases in March passengers year-over-year.”
Market Data: U.S. Department of Transportation data for 4th 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 $16 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.