Walker Greets Record Breaking 9 Millionth Passenger Of 2010 At General Mitchell International Airport

November 29, 2010

One Lucky Passenger Wins Prize Package Including Free Frontier Airlines Tickets

MILWAUKEE (November 29, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, Mitchell International Airport officials and representatives from Frontier Airlines were on hand at General Mitchell International Airport today to welcome the 9 millionth passenger to use the airport this year. The arrival represents the first time more than 9 million passengers have used the airport in a single year, and highlights 13 months of record passenger growth.

“Travelers at Milwaukee County’s Mitchell International Airport continue to enjoy competitive airfares that are not only lower on average than Chicago’s O’Hare, but are $78 lower than the national average,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. “Coupled with our ease of travel, convenient parking and relaxed atmosphere, it’s no wonder travelers from Wisconsin and northern Illinois are making Mitchell their airport of choice.”

The lucky 9 millionth passenger was Vatsa Veeravalli who arrived on Frontier Airlines Flight #321 from Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Veeravalli and his wife were on their way home to San Antonio and was surprised to find out he was the lucky passenger as they transferred flights. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker presented him with a new Mitchell Airport suitcase filled with goodies to commemorate the occasion, and Frontier Airlines’ Jim Reichart awarded him a $500 Frontier Fly Bucks gift card.

“Frontier Airlines is thrilled to be part of this milestone celebration at General Mitchell International Airport. We’re proud to continue our 25-year legacy of providing travelers with the most nonstop service from Milwaukee,” said Jim Reichart, vice president of Sales, Distribution and Loyalty for Frontier Airlines.

“With a 28.7 percent increase over the first nine months of this year over 2009, Milwaukee continues to far outpace the national average,” said Airport Director Barry Bateman.

The number of passengers using Mitchell International in 2010 has already exceeded 2009′s record total of 7,946,562, although the final 2010 count will not be known until late January.