Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport Anticipates a Record Number of Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers

November 19, 2009

Offers Tips for Families Traveling During the Busy Holiday Season

MILWAUKEE (November 19, 2009) – Air travelers are enjoying a Thanksgiving menu of increased nonstop flights, lower fares and supersaver parking rates at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport this year.

Passenger numbers projected by Mitchell’s airlines show that a record number of passengers will use the airport during the 11-day period from the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday after the holiday. As in past years, the busiest travel day will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with 27,078 passengers expected (compared with approximately 21,500 on an average day). The day before Thanksgiving will also be busy, as 24,774 air travelers pass through the airport. The total number of Mitchell International passengers between November 20 and November 30 is projected to be 214,690, a 42.43 percent increase over last year.

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. (
  • Arrive early (1 1/2 – 2 hours) to allow plenty of time for check-in and clearing security.
  • Take advantage of the children’s play areas and family restrooms conveniently located on all three concourses.
  • Remember the dry snacks, coloring and activity books, portable video game systems and portable DVD players if traveling with children.
  • 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.

Safety tips from the Milwaukee County Sheriffs Office:

  • Pull your car into the Cell Phone Lot (inside the Surface Lot) and tell your arriving passenger to give you a call after they’ve claimed their luggage and are ready for a pick-up. The first 30 minutes in the Cell Phone Lot are free.
  • Whether you’re parking at the airport, the shopping mall or in your driveway, make sure nothing of value is visible inside your car. GPS devices, music systems, electronics, loose change, leather coats, wrapped gifts – all are invitations to thieves. Lock your car. Check again – did you lock your car?
  • Keep your luggage in your view and by your side at all times while in the airport.