Walker Announces May Passenger Record For General Mitchell International Airport

July 7, 2008

14th Straight Month of Passenger Growth

MILWAUKEE (July 7, 2008) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in May 2008 set a record for that month. The May total of 733,862 passengers was an increase of 14.29 percent over last May’s 642,110 passengers. For the first five months of 2008, the number of passengers is 8.43 percent higher than the same period in 2007.  This is the 14th straight month of record passenger numbers at Mitchell International.

Walker said, “The increase in May was fueled by AirTran’s addition of nonstop flights from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Boston, San Diego and Las Vegas. There were 17 percent more airline seats available out of Mitchell International this May compared to last May, and nearly all of those seats were filled.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman noted that, “The number of new flights added at very competitive fares this summer offers a great opportunity for travelers. Passengers nationwide will see the effects of rising fuel costs in higher fares and fewer flights as the year progresses, so they should take advantage of current low fares and book their tickets now.”

Mitchell ranks among the top 10 percent of U.S. cities in number of nonstop destinations. Average airfares at Mitchell are lower than those at 46 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.