Passengers reaping rewards of airline competition

April 8, 2010

blurred_biz_travelers101412Travel writers and experts have been examining the impressive growth at Mitchell Airport, especially since the roster of low fare carriers grew after Southwest Airlines joined the party last November. The latest look came from Travel Weekly writer Michael Fabey who explained in a recent article how airlines and passengers are reaping the rewards of competitive airfares by using Milwaukee’s Mitchell as an alternative airport to Chicago, calling Mitchell Airport “ripe for growth.” According to the U.S. Transportation Department, MKE’s annual passenger count grew by about 54 percent, to about 7.5 million, between 2002 and 2009, while total passenger traffic for the nation grew by only about 9 percent during those years.