Walker Announces Record Number Of Christmas And New Year’s Passengers Expected At General Mitchell International Airport

December 18, 2009

MILWAUKEE (December 18, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced more good news for Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) this year. GMIA has trimmed airfares and parking costs along with the tree this year, which translates into projections of a record number of passengers for the holiday season.

The total number of travelers using Mitchell International between December 19 and January 3 is expected to be 252,134, a 41.13 percent increase over last year. The busiest day will be December 23, with an anticipated 19,160 passengers. The Monday after Christmas comes in a close second with 19,138 air travelers.

The 2009 Christmas and New Year’s passenger projections are attached.

Tips for families traveling this holiday season:

  • Review the TSA’s 3-1-1 program for details on what can be packed in a carry-on. (www.tsa.gov/311)
  • When traveling with holiday gifts, remember to leave them unwrapped. Security officers may have to unwrap a gift if they need to take a closer look inside. This includes both carry-ons at the security checkpoint and checked baggage.
  • Arrive early (1.5 – 2 hours) to allow plenty of time for check-in and clearing security.
  • Park in the Airport’s SuperSaver lot for just $5 a day and take the free shuttle to the terminal.
  • Travelers with children:
    • Remember the dry snacks, coloring and activity books, portable video game systems and portable DVD players.
    • Take advantage of the children’s play areas and family restrooms conveniently located on all three concourses.
    • Remember that strollers have to go through security screening, so collapse and prepare them as you get close to the security checkpoint to make the process faster.

Projected Number of Passengers (busiest day in yellow):

 

2008

2009

 
 

TOTAL

TOTAL

CHANGE

12/19 (Sa)

 

14647

-

12/20 (Su)

10580

12105

14.41%

12/21 (M)

12085

14734

21.92%

12/22 (Tu)

13605

16527

21.48%

12/23 (W)

13011

19160

47.26%

12/24 (Th)

12042

15363

27.58%

12/25 (F)

8249

13505

63.72%

12/26 (Sa)

9126

17925

96.42%

12/27 (Su)

13798

17286

25.28%

12/28 (M)

13675

19138

39.95%

12/29 (Tu)

12592

18158

44.20%

12/30 (W)

11456

16687

45.66%

 12/31 (Th)

11421

14285

 25.08%

1/1 (F)

9050

12275

35.64%

1/2 (Sa)

8846

15560

75.90%

1/3 (Su)

9739

14779

51.75%

1/4 (M)

9373

-

TOTAL

178648

252134

41.13%

Passengers by Time of Day:
2009 Passengers by Time of Day

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.