Walker Announces 17th Straight Month of Passenger Growth at Mitchell International Airport

October 3, 2008

MILWAUKEE (October 3, 2008) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that  the August 2008 passenger total at General Mitchell International Airport set a 17th straight monthly record of growth. August’s total of 790,284 passengers was an increase of 7.03 percent over last August’s 738,388 passengers. The number of passengers for the first eight months of 2008 also is a record at 5,749,768, a 9.41 percent increase over 2007’s 5,255,305 passengers for the same period.

Walker credited the additional summer seasonal service offered by AirTran for the increase in passengers. “AirTran’s added flights raised the number of available airline seats and lowered the fares during the busy summer travel season,” said Walker.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Passengers who have some flexibility in their travel dates can still find $200 roundtrip fares from Mitchell Airport to popular destinations. Nationwide flight reductions caused by high fuel prices mean that seats for holiday travel will be in high demand, resulting in higher fares.” Bateman also noted that this summer’s increased number of airlines seats at bargain fares resulted in a surge of Illinois passengers using Mitchell. “In July, more than nine percent of the cars in Mitchell’s parking lots had Illinois plates,” he said. “For many Lake and McHenry County residents, Mitchell is closer and more convenient than the other Chicago airports.”

Mitchell has nonstop service to 42 cities and one-stop connecting service to destinations throughout the world. Average airfares at Mitchell are lower than those at 40 other U.S. airports, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics.

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.