While the rest of the country was counting down to the new year, Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport (MKE) was counting the upswing in passengers for another record month. The December 2009 passenger count was the busiest on record for that month, totaling 728,067 passengers, a 33.91 percent increase from December 2008. And for the first time, MKE saw more than 700,000 passengers in the month of December.
Passenger numbers at MKE continue to grow due in part to more flights from AirTran, Midwest and Delta, and the November addition of Southwest Airlines to the MKE lineup. Averages fares out of Mitchell International Airport continue to be lower than the average at 75 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (2nd Quarter 2009).
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.”