Touchdown In Milwaukee! Southwest Airlines Adds 35th State, 68th City And Brings Legendary Customer Service To Wisconsin Travelers

November 2, 2009

Carrier Launches Service From Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport with 12 Daily Flights to Six Nonstop Destinations

DALLAS (November 2, 2009) – It’s On, Wisconsin! Southwest Airlines officially kicked off the carrier’s service from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport at a news conference this morning, capping-off a weekend of events that underscore Southwest’s longterm investment in Southeast Wisconsin.

“We want our relationship with Milwaukee to be about more than just our nonstop flights, low fares, and Customer Service–although those are important,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s Chairman, President, and CEO. “Southwest Airlines is truly here as a member of this community and our weekend involvement with the Ronald McDonald House and our fabulous tailgate are just the beginning.”

Kelly joined officials from Milwaukee County in kicking a ceremonial football filled with confetti to cap-off Southwest’s Touchdown in Milwaukee celebrations which featured a free tailgate watching party for a thousand Green Bay Packers fans on Sunday. (Coverage of the event is at

“Southwest is now a community partner in so many ways,” said Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive. “Above all, these new flights and new markets clearly help fuel the economic engine of this entire region, Mitchell Airport.”

“This added service will build on Mitchell’s reputation as one of the most competitive airports in the United States,” said Lee Holloway, Milwaukee County Board Chairman. “We look forward to working with Southwest Airlines in the coming years to help them grow their service even more.”

(Read the Full Release from Southwest Airlines Here.)