Walker Announces April Passenger Record For General Mitchell International Airport

June 12, 2008

13th Straight Month of Passenger Growth

MILWAUKEE (June 12, 2008) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in April 2008 set a record for that month. The April total of 664,924 passengers was an increase of 0.44 percent over last April’s 661,990 passengers. The number of passengers in March 2008 was an all-time-high one-month total. For the first four months of 2008, the number of passengers is 6.36 percent higher than the same period in 2007.

Walker noted that there now have been 13 straight months of record passenger numbers at Mitchell International. “It is noteworthy that we saw a year-over-year increase in April passengers even though the peak Easter vacation week, which in 2007 was in April, fell in March this year,” said Walker.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Airfares out of Milwaukee remain very competitive in spite of the fuel cost increases. He recommended that travelers book their tickets now for summer and fall travel, while ticket prices are still low.

Mitchell ranks among the top 10 percent of U.S. cities in number of nonstop destinations.

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.