Archives for June 2011

MKE eats listed among America’s best airport food

June 9, 2011

UsingersFood & Wine magazine recently introduced its “Ultimate Airport Dining Survival Guide,” featuring 25 of the best places to eat and drink in airports nationwide. Mitchell Airport’s Usinger’s restaurant in Concourse D made the list, thanks to its offering of tasty Milwaukee staples, including bratwursts, summer sausages and beer. Check out the full list of airport eats and make sure your next MKE visit includes a stop at Usinger’s!

New “Like MKE & Win” Facebook sweepstakes rewards loyal fans

June 9, 2011

Like MKE and Win!Calling all Facebookers! If you’re a fan of Mitchell Airport, make sure to fly over to our Facebook fan page and “Like” us for your chance to win some great prizes, including an iPad2. Click the “Enter to Win an iPad2” link for details and to enter. Don’t forget to share it with your friends!

  • At 3,500 fans, an iPod Touch (8GB) will be awarded to a randomly drawn entrant
  • At 5,000 fans, an iPad2 (16GB) will be awarded to a randomly drawn entrant

We’ve already reached our 2,000-fan milestone. Congratulations to Lori R. of Saginaw, Mich., who was our first sweepstakes winner and is now enjoying her new iPod Nano!

MKE marks 20th straight month of growth

June 9, 2011

Business TravelersPassenger numbers for Mitchell Airport have climbed to new heights. MKE saw record growth for the 20th consecutive month, serving 844,453 passengers in April 2011, resulting in a 1.42 percent increase over April 2010. Airport officials give much of the credit to the recent introduction of several low-fare carriers, including AirTran, Frontier and Southwest. In addition to fares that are on average $98 lower than O’Hare, $16 lower than Midway, and $78 lower than the national average according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, MKE boasts affordable parking and a strong convenience factor. Make sure to check out MKE’s new interactive map of nonstop destinations.

Frontier Airlines bumps up MKE service with nonstops to Branson

June 9, 2011

Frontier AirlinesOn July 1, Frontier will introduce new nonstop service between MKE and Branson, Mo. (BKG), running three days per week.

Compare fares and check out all of Frontier’s nonstop destinations at www.frontierairlines.com.

AirTran Airways adds nonstops to Cancun and Akron-Canton/Cleveland

June 8, 2011

Airtran PlaneTurquoise waters and swaying palms turn from a dream to reality, thanks to AirTran’s new Saturday nonstop service between MKE and Cancun, Mexico (CUN). The airline also recently introduced a third nonstop to Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), adding greater flexibility for travelers between MKE and Cleveland.

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

April Passenger Numbers Soar To 20th Straight Record Month

June 2, 2011

Mitchell International Jumps Up 11 Places In National Passenger Ranking

MILWAUKEE (June 2, 2011) - Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today announced that April was the 20th straight month of record passenger numbers at General Mitchell International Airport. The total of 844,453 passengers is a 1.42% increase over April 2010. Airport Council International’s newly released final passenger rankings for 2010 show that Mitchell jumped up 11 places, making it the 34th largest U.S. airport, surpassing airports such as Cleveland; Raleigh-Durham; Nashville; Sacramento; Austin; San Jose and Pittsburgh.

“The economies of Milwaukee County and southeastern Wisconsin benefit from this remarkable growth curve that began in fall 2009,” Abele said. “Strong nonstop service with fares among the nation’s lowest draws business, conventions and vacationers to our beautiful community. That brings in revenue, and revenue in turn supports and creates jobs for Milwaukee County and area residents.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Our Wisconsin and northern Illinois customer base grows each month as passengers discover that Milwaukee is the lowest-fare airport in the region.”

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, visit www.mitchellairport.com.