Walker Announces A Record October For General Mitchell International Airport

December 6, 2010

14th Straight Record Month

MILWAUKEE (December 6, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker today announced a new record for the number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell International Airport in the month of October. The airport served 834,635 passengers, an increase of 18.22 percent (128,646 passengers) over last October’s 705,989 passengers. The October total marks 14 straight months of record passenger growth.

In the first 10 months of 2010, the airport served 8,283,023 passengers, an increase of 27.56 percent (1.8 million passengers) over the same period in 2009.

“The airlines at Mitchell International continue to offer the kind of deeply discounted fares that attract passengers from an ever-wider region,” Walker said. “These reasonable fares boost the business, convention and tourism impact of our area’s economy.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, Mitchell’s growth continues to far outpace the nation’s average. Many of our new customers are coming from the northern Illinois region. People come for the low fares and keep coming back for the convenience. In addition, many more passengers are transferring from one flight to another at Mitchell, as approximately 170,000 travelers connected through the AirTran and Frontier hubs in October.’

Market Data: U.S. Department of Transportation data for 2nd Quarter 2010 (most recent) show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 93 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $93 less than O’Hare’s, $78 less than the nation’s average and $10 less than Midway’s. Out of the nation’s top 100 airports, Mitchell was one of only three at which average 2nd Quarter airfares were lower in 2010 than in 2009.

Airports Council International reported that during the 2nd Quarter 2010, Mitchell was the third fastest-growing airport in the world, exceeded only by airports in Istanbul, Turkey and Moscow, Russia. Mitchell was the only U.S. airport among the top 30 fastest growing airports worldwide.

With 56 markets, Mitchell has moved up to 28th among U.S. airports in number of markets served nonstop, according to data recently published by the Brookings Institute. Mitchell’s rank in a similar 2004 study was 34th. The new ranking means that more nonstop markets are served out of Milwaukee than out of other Midwestern cities, such as Kansas City; Nashville; Pittsburgh; Indianapolis and Columbus, and out of medium-sized cities elsewhere in the U.S., including Portland, OR; Austin; New Orleans; San Diego; Raleigh/Durham; Albuquerque; San Antonio and Hartford, CT.