2010 News Releases

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.

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.

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.

Walker Announces Arrival Of 8 Millionth Passenger Of 2010 At General Mitchell International Airport

October 29, 2010

One Lucky Passenger Wins Prize Package Including Free Southwest Airlines Tickets

MILWAUKEE (October 29, 2010) - Milwaukee County officials and representatives from Southwest Airlines were on hand at General Mitchell International Airport this morning to welcome the 8 millionth passenger to use the airport this year. The arrival represents the first time more than 8 million passengers have used the airport in a single year, and highlights 12 months of record passenger growth.

“Mitchell International Airport continues to thrive in an industry that, in other locations, is struggling,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. “This event is a milestone for Milwaukee County and I applaud our airport staff and all our spectacular airline partners for the continuing growth of this airport,” said Walker. Walker also cited additional air service, including the start of service by Southwest Airlines last November, and low airfares as factors that have fueled the increase in passengers.

The lucky 8 millionth passenger was Carol DeSoto who arrived on Southwest Airlines Flight #404 from Baltimore Washington International Airport at 9:25 a.m. Carol is visiting Milwaukee for her parents’ 60th wedding anniversary and was surprised to find out she was the lucky passenger. Airport Director Barry Bateman presented Carol with a new Mitchell Airport suitcase filled with goodies to commemorate the occasion. Southwest Airlines’ Brad Hawkins was also on hand to celebrate the milestone and kick off Southwest’s one-year anniversary of starting service at MKE. He presented Carol with a pair of roundtrip tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “We are very pleased to see that our growth is not only from southeastern Wisconsin area, but in large part from northern Illinois travelers who are making the under-60-minute drive and taking advantage of our lower fares and less hectic atmosphere than found at O’Hare.”

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.

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.

Walker Announces Third Straight All-Time Record Month For General Mitchell International Airport

October 4, 2010

MILWAUKEE (October 4, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that August 2010 saw a single-month record number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell International Airport. The airport served 943,323 passengers, an increase of 19.89 percent (156,489 passengers) over last August’s 786,834 passengers. The August total marks 12 straight months of record passenger growth, and surpasses the previous single-month highs of 922,984 passengers in June and 928,497 passengers in July 2010.

In the first eight months of 2010, the airport has served 6,657,265 passengers, an increase of 29.55 percent (1.5 million passengers) over the same period in 2009.

“Students and families were able to travel on super-low fares in August before heading back to school,” Walker said. “VISIT Milwaukee had a good summer convention season, and more and more business travelers are choosing a low-fare ticket to help with their company’s bottom line.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “There were 43,000 more passengers connecting in Milwaukee this August compared to August 2009, reflecting the growth in our AirTran and Frontier hubs. Milwaukee Mitchell, with a 20 percent growth rate in August, far outpaced the nation’s average growth of 1 percent.”

Market Data: U.S. Department of Transportation data for 1st 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 $17 less than Midway’s. Mitchell’s average fare represented the largest quarter-over-quarter drop in the nation at -16.6 percent.

Airports Council International reported (revised) that during the 1st Quarter 2010, growth at Mitchell was exceeded worldwide only by airports in Istanbul, Turkey; Phuket, Thailand and Moscow, Russia, and that 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.

Walker Announces All-Time One-Month Passenger Record At General Mitchell International Airport

September 10, 2010

928,000 Passengers in July Eclipses June Record

MILWAUKEE (September 10, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that a single-month record number of passengers traveled through General Mitchell International Airport in July 2010. The airport served 928,497 passengers, an increase of 136,876 (+17.29 percent) over last July’s 791,621 passengers. The July total marks 11 straight months of record passenger growth, and eclipses the previous one-month high of 922,984 passengers in June 2010.

In the first seven months of 2010, the airport has served 5,713,942 passengers, an increase of 1.4 million (+31.3 percent) over the same period in 2009.

“There are always a lot of leisure travelers taking to the skies in July, plus some fairly heavy convention and business travel,” Walker said. “Convention travelers in particular are delighted to fly to Milwaukee on a low fare ticket and then discover what a dynamic and fun-loving community this is.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With a 17 percent growth rate in July, Mitchell far outpaced the nation’s passenger count, which declined by 1 percent. We’re seeing a rise in passengers connecting from one flight to another in Milwaukee, in addition to the passengers originating from Wisconsin and northern Illinois taking advantage of average airfares almost $100 less than O’Hare’s.”

Market Data: U.S. Department of Transportation data for 1st 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 $17 less than Midway Airport’s. Mitchell’s average fare represented the largest quarter-over-quarter drop in the nation at -16.6 percent.

Airports Council International reported that during the 1st Quarter 2010, growth at Mitchell was exceeded worldwide only by airports in Istanbul, Turkey and Phuket, Thailand, and that 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.

Walker Announces Highest-Ever Single-Month Passenger Count At General Mitchell International Airport

August 4, 2010

June First Month To Exceed 900,000 Passengers
New Stats Show Mitchell’s Average Airfare Almost $100 Less than O’Hare’s
Mitchell’s 1st Quarter Growth was 3rd Highest in the World

MILWAUKEE (August 4, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that an all-time one-month high number of passengers traveled through General Mitchell International Airport in June 2010. It was the first month in which the airport served more than 900,000 passengers, with a count of 922,984, an increase of 212,197 (+29.86 percent) over last June’s 710,767 passengers. The June total marks ten straight months of record passenger growth, and beats the previous one-month high of 896,598 passengers in March 2010.

In the first half of 2010, the airport served 1,225,221 more passengers, a 34.41 percent increase from the 3,560,224 passengers traveling through Mitchell over the same period in 2009.

“Mitchell’s airlines are adding cities and service at a remarkable pace. And the price is right,” Walker said. “The region’s business and leisure travelers are taking advantage of fantastic travel bargains. I often hear from corporations and VISIT Milwaukee how important it is to have a robust level of reasonably-priced air service, and I am pleased that our airport has ‘taken off’.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell’s average airfare has dropped to $98 less than O’Hare’s, the biggest quarter-over-quarter drop in the nation at -16.6 percent, and that is certainly creating a strong draw from the hundreds of thousands of travelers who live in the 70 mile area between the two airports. Nationwide growth in passengers was 1.4 percent in June, compared to almost 30 percent at Mitchell. To put the airport’s strong growth into a more global perspective, Airports Council International reports that during the 1st Quarter 2010, growth at Mitchell was exceeded worldwide only by airports in Istanbul, Turkey and Phuket, Thailand, and that Mitchell was the only U.S. airport among the top 30 fastest growing airports worldwide.”

Newly released U.S. Department of Transportation data for 1st Quarter 2010 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 $17 less than Midway Airport’s.

Market Data: With 55 markets, Mitchell International 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.

Frontier Airlines Makes Changes At Milwaukee Hub

July 1, 2010

Two New Destinations; More Convenient Schedules

MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2010) - Frontier Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET), today announced it will launch two new destinations out of its Milwaukee hub. The new service includes twice-daily nonstop flights between Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) and Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) beginning Sept. 27, 2010, and four weekly roundtrips to San Antonio International Airport (SAT) beginning Nov. 19, 2010. Fares will be available for purchase on FrontierAirlines.com beginning July 1 for the San Antonio service and July 4 for the Hartford service.

“Frontier Airlines will be the only carrier providing nonstop service between Milwaukee and both Hartford and San Antonio,” said Daniel Shurz, VP of strategy and planning. “With the addition of this service we continue our commitment to providing the state of Wisconsin with more destinations, convenient schedules and affordable air fares.”

In addition to the new destinations, Frontier Airlines is also making a number of adjustments to flight schedules out of Milwaukee on Nov. 19. The carrier will upgrade the aircraft serving several of its popular destinations out of Milwaukee. This will include an upgrade to Airbus A319 service on all Boston (BOS), Washington, D.C. (DCA), and New York (LGA) flights, which were previously served with a combination of Embraer 170 and 190 and Airbus A319 aircraft. The carrier will also upgrade all Milwaukee to Philadelphia (PHL) flights from ERJ 145 to E170 service.

(Read the Full Release from Frontier Airlines Here)

Walker Announces Record May Passenger Count For General Mitchell International Airport

July 1, 2010

Second Busiest Month on Record

MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in May 2010 set a record for the month of May and was the second busiest month ever at the airport. May’s total of 836,961 passengers was an increase of 35.25 percent over last May’s 618,830 passengers. The May total marks nine straight months of record passenger growth.

Walker credited Mitchell’s low fares and additional air service for May’s dramatic increase in passengers. “Price is king in this economy,” he said. “The low fares have attracted business travelers and vacationers from around the region, which gives a great boost to our local economy. The better our air service, the more attractive Milwaukee is to convention planners and business developers.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With nationwide growth in passengers at 2 percent in May, the aviation industry is seeing just a gradual return to flying. Mitchell’s growth in comparison was 35 percent. Travelers looking for a low-cost, yet convenient way to get to Chicago’s northern suburbs are flying into Mitchell Airport.”

Recently released U.S. Department of Transportation data for 4th Quarter 2009 show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 92 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $91 less than O’Hare’s, $72 less than the nation’s average and, for the first time, less than Midway Airport’s by $10.

Walker Announces Record April Passenger Count For General Mitchell International Airport

June 7, 2010

Mitchell’s Average Airfare Drops Below Chicago Midway’s

MILWAUKEE (June 7, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in April 2010 set a record for that month. April’s total of 832,641 passengers was an increase of 36.6 percent over last April’s 609,560 passengers. The April total marks eight straight months of record passenger growth.

Walker cited last fall’s start of service by Southwest Airlines as sparking the spike in passengers. “Southwest has terrific name recognition,” he said. “AirTran has fulfilled its promise to make Milwaukee a hub, and Frontier continues to add cities and service. Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers are benefitting from fantastic airfare deals.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell’s April growth at 36% far outpaced the nationwide growth rate of 0.5%. Travelers from this region, including the northern Chicago suburbs, see Mitchell as a low-fare, easy and accessible airport.”

Newly released U.S. Department of Transportation data for 4th Quarter 2009 show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 92 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $91 less than O’Hare’s, $72 less than the nation’s average and, for the first time, less than Midway Airport’s by $10.

Market Data:
With 51 markets, Mitchell International 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 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 Airways Increases Flights To Business Centers And Adds Popular Vacation Destinations From Milwaukee Hub

May 18, 2010

MILWAUKEE (May 18, 2010) - On the day of its annual shareholders’ meeting in Milwaukee, AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), announced several new flights from its hub at General Mitchell International Airport.

The low-cost leader will add a third daily flight from Milwaukee to Boston this July and a fourth daily flight to Washington/Reagan National this October. AirTran Airways is also introducing new, nonstop flights to New Orleans in October and Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla., in November. The airline is also returning seasonal service to Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale in November.

“From north to south, east to west, we are building a route network in Milwaukee that will be more convenient for business travelers,” said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are also introducing service to two great vacation destinations (New Orleans and Sarasota) while bringing back seasonal flights to two of the most popular getaways (Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale) from Milwaukee.”

Service to Sarasota/Bradenton and New Orleans mark the 19th and 20th cities AirTran Airways serves from General Mitchell. Last year the airline grew more than 60 percent in Milwaukee while opening pilot and flight attendant bases at the airport and serving more than 1.8 million passengers.

(Read the Full Release from AirTran Airways Here)

Frontier Adds Service Between Milwaukee And Cancun

May 18, 2010

Carrier’s First International Destination from Milwaukee Hub

DENVER (May 18, 2010) - Frontier Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET), today announced it will launch new seasonal nonstop service between its Milwaukee hub and Cancun, Mexico beginning Dec. 18, 2010. The carrier will operate two weekly roundtrip flights through May 1, 2011, with a third flight operating Feb. 1 – April 15, 2011. This service follows Frontier’s recent 17-market expansion, making it the fastest-growing major carrier in the United States.

“We are thrilled to provide the Milwaukee community with nonstop scheduled service to Cancun,” said Daniel Shurz, VP of strategy and planning. “This is a period of substantial growth for Frontier and we are excited to add an exciting new nonstop destination out of our Milwaukee hub.”

Frontier will operate this route with Airbus A319 aircraft, outfitted with all-leather seating, four rows of STRETCH seating and DIRECTV service in every seatback. Fares for this new route are available for purchase on FrontierAirlines.com. The route remains subject to government approval.

(Read the Full Release from Frontier Airlines Here)

Airtran Airways And Milwaukee Brewers Unveil Brewers 1

May 17, 2010

MILWAUKEE WI (May 17, 2010) - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), and the Milwaukee Brewers today unveiled a custom plane painted with throwback Milwaukee Brewers logos and colors to honor the club’s 40th anniversary and the airline’s partnership with the team.

BrewersOne1

BrewersOne

Dubbed Brewers 1, this one-of-a-kind Boeing 717 will become a fixture in AirTran Airways’ national network of more than 70 destinations. This unique livery will be seen by millions of travelers around the country.

“We’re proud to debut Brewers 1 in Milwaukee today,” said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ chairman, president and chief executive officer.” AirTran Airways greatly values our partnership with the Brewers and we can think of no better way of displaying that pride than on the side of one of our planes.”

Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers, mascot Bernie Brewer and team executives were among the VIP guests aboard the aircraft as it made its debut at General Mitchell International Airport after being marshaled in by the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages.

“AirTran Airways has been a tremendous partner and we are thrilled to have our logos flying side-by-side on this terrific airplane,” said Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers’ executive vice president, business operations. “We are looking forward to Brewers 1 representing our organization as it takes off into action.”

Kids from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee pulled the 120,000 lb. aircraft 20 feet at the premiere event to earn $50,000 for their summer sports program.

“Thanks to AirTran Airways, the children of our community have been able to show just how strong they can be,” said Bob Yamachika, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee’s president and chief executive officer. “AirTran Airways and the Milwaukee Brewers are both first-class organizations and we are grateful to them both for their long-term commitment to the youth of our community.”

Brewers 1 is the fifth in a series of custom-painted AirTran aircraft and the first affiliated with a Major League Baseball team. In 2009, AirTran Airways unveiled Falcons 1 in Atlanta, Ravens 1 in Baltimore, Colts 1 in Indianapolis and Magic 1 in Orlando to honor the airline’s partnerships with these professional sports teams.

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low-cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years. AirTran is the only major airline to offer Wi-Fi on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America’s newest all-Boeing fleet. Its low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight.

To book a flight, visit: www.airtran.com.

Walker Announces March Passenger Count Is An All-Time Single-Month High For General Mitchell International Airport

May 3, 2010

41.5% Increase Over March 2009

MILWAUKEE WI (May 3, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in March 2010 set an all-time single-month record. The month’s total of 896,598 passengers was an increase of 41.47 percent over last March’s 633,763 passengers. The total eclipses the previous high month – July 2008 with 821,610 passengers. The March 2010 total marks seven straight months of passenger growth.

The number of passengers for the first quarter of 2010 also is a record at 2,262,597, a 39.57 percent increase over 2009′s 1,621,067 passengers for the same period.

Walker credited flight additions from Southwest, AirTran, Frontier/Midwest and Delta, saying, “In today’s economy, it’s all about the airfare. The added flights and low fares at Mitchell create a competitive situation that results in airfare deals for Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell once again is the fastest-growing airport in the nation. While passenger numbers topped 41 percent growth here in March, nationwide passenger travel rose just 1.4 percent.”

The increase in low-fare air service has attracted more travelers from northern Illinois and the northern Chicago area to use Mitchell for their flights. In addition, Mitchell’s SuperSaver parking lot at $5 a day compares very favorably with parking rates at the other two Chicago airports.

Market Data:
With 48 markets, Mitchell International 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 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.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than the average at 89 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (3rd Quarter 2009). Mitchell’s average fare was about $81 less than O’Hare’s and $60 less than the nation’s average fare.

Walker Announces 34% Increase In February Passengers At General Mitchell International Airport

April 1, 2010

Low airfares, competitive service draw region’s travelers

MILWAUKEE (April 1, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today a 34% increase in the number of February passengers at General Mitchell International Airport, making it the busiest February on record. The total of 668,504 passengers was 168,479 more than last February’s 500,025 passengers.

Walker said, “Passengers from around Wisconsin and northern Illinois are enjoying the savings resulting from new, competitive service on Mitchell’s low-fare airlines. This busy, thriving airport will continue to drive the economic health of our area.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With a 34 percent increase in passengers, Mitchell soared past the national numbers and remains one of the fastest-growing airports anywhere.” Passenger traffic nationwide declined 2.9 percent in February, according to the Air Transport Association.

The airport has seen a significant increase in the number of northern Illinois and Chicago-area travelers making the under-60-minute drive to Mitchell to take advantage of its low fares and parking fees.

Market Data:
With 48 markets, Mitchell International 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 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.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than the average at 89 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (3rd Quarter 2009). Mitchell’s average fare was about $81 less than O’Hare’s and $60 less than the nation’s average fare.

Walker Announces January Passengers Up 43% At General Mitchelll International Airport

March 5, 2010

Largest Ever Single-Month Increase

MILWAUKEE (March 5, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the January passenger count soared 43.14 percent at General Mitchell International Airport, making it the busiest January on record. The total of 697,495 passengers was 210,216 more than last January’s 487,279 passengers.

Walker said, “The growth reflects the new service added over the past six months by Southwest, AirTran, Midwest, Frontier, American and Delta. The airport is enjoying a great start to what promises to be a very robust 2010.”

While January data from all U.S. airports has not yet been posted, Mitchell International should be top-tier among fastest-growing airports with its 43 percent increase. Nationwide, passenger traffic declined 0.4 percent in January 2010 compared with January 2009, according to the Air Transport Association. Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “This is a huge increase in passengers. Mitchell International is one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation.”

Mitchell offers a great option for Wisconsin and Illinois travelers looking for low fares and reasonable parking fees. For passengers traveling to and from northern Illinois and the northern Chicago suburbs, Mitchell is just a 45-minute drive from the Lake Forest Oasis and a convenient alternative to O’Hare.

Market Data:
With 48 markets, Mitchell International 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 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.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than the average at 89 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (3rd Quarter 2009). Mitchell’s average fare was about $81 less than O’Hare’s and $60 less than the nation’s average fare.

Walker Announces A Record December And Fourth Quarter For General Mitchell International Airport

January 25, 2010

Passenger Count Even with 2008; Beats Nationwide Decline of 6%

MILWAUKEE (January 25, 2010) â€“ Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the December 2009 passenger count was the busiest on record for the month of December at General Mitchell International Airport. The December total of 728,067 passengers was an increase of 33.91 percent over last December’s 543,679 passengers, and was the first time more than 700,000 passengers used the airport in the month of December.

For the year 2009, Mitchell’s passenger total declined 0.13 percent from 2008’s record number. Passenger totals for each of the first eight months of 2009 decreased as a result of flight reductions at Mitchell and airports throughout the U.S. Each of the last four months of the year was a record for that month, however, with enough passengers to bring the 2009 passenger count, at 7,946,562, to just a fraction off the 2008 total of 7,956,968. Nationwide, passenger traffic declined 6 percent in 2009 compared with 2008, according to the Air Transport Association.

Walker said, “AirTran, Midwest, Frontier and Delta all added flights to Mitchell in 2009, and with the startup of Southwest Airlines in November, the airport served 600,683 more passengers in the final four months of the year than in the same period of 2008. It was a phenomenal closeout to the year.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The number of passengers from northern Illinois and the northern Chicago suburbs taking advantage of Mitchell’s low-fare service continues to grow. For the last six months of 2009, the number of Illinois cars in our parking areas averaged over 10 percent. Milwaukee/Chicago is a busy region for air travel, and Mitchell International has become one of the most price-competitive airports in the nation.”

Market Data:
With 48 markets, Mitchell International has moved up to 28th among U.S. airports in number of markets served nonstop, according to new data 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 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.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than the average at 75 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (2nd Quarter 2009). Mitchell’s average fare was about $44 less than O’Hare’s and $28 less than the nation’s average fare.