Condé Nast Traveler Readers Again Rank Milwaukee’s Mitchell International 4th Best Airport in the Nation

October 2, 2008

MILWAUKEE (October 2, 2008)– Businesspeople who read Condé Nast Traveler, a magazine for frequent travelers, again ranked Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) as 4th best in the nation in categories including Location/Access, Design, Customs/Baggage, Ease of Connections, Perceived Safety/Security and Food/Shops/Amenities.  In 2006, Mitchell ranked 5th overall and in 2007 moved up to 4th. The eleventh annual Readers’ Choice Awards appear in the magazine’s October 2008 issue.

“We are proud that Mitchell has ranked in the top five best for business travel for three years. The concourse, terminal and parking renovations we’ve completed are providing passengers with the efficiency and amenities they need as they travel throughout the nation and the world,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

A record number of passengers, 7.7 million, used Mitchell in 2007. In July, Mitchell recorded its 16th straight month of record passengers. Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The strong growth is due in part to increased use of Mitchell as an alternative to Chicago’s O’Hare, both for residents of the northern Chicago suburbs and for out-of-state visitors to northern Illinois. The drive to Mitchell from the northern Chicago suburbs is often shorter than to O’Hare, the cost of covered parking is less than half and airfares are often lower. The airlines serving Mitchell have been offering some very competitive fares, drawing passengers from a wide market area.”

Bateman noted that Mitchell has undergone more than $50 million in expansion and renovation of all three airport concourses, adding lanes and widening security checkpoints, adding boarding gates and enlarging corridors and seating areas. Within the next year, all of Mitchell’s food and beverage concessions will be renovated, offering a mix of local favorites and popular national vendors.

Mitchell Airport’s 11 airlines offer nonstop flights to 42 cities and one-stop connections to major cities throughout the world.  It is the 49th largest airport in the nation in terms of number of passengers.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of 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.