Walker Announces A Record September For General Mitchell International Airport

November 4, 2010
13th Straight Record Month

MILWAUKEE (November 4, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today a new record for the number of passengers traveling through General Mitchell International Airport in the month of September. The airport served 791,123 passengers, an increase of 21.94 percent (142,344 passengers) over last September’s 648,779 passengers. The September total marks 13 straight months of record passenger growth.

In the first nine months of 2010, the airport served 7,448,388 passengers, an increase of 28.7 percent (1.7 million passengers) over the same period in 2009.

“Mitchell International continues its phenomenal growth,” Walker said. “A healthy number of low fare nonstop flights is crucial to our region’s efforts to attract and retain new businesses.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell’s AirTran and Frontier hubs continued to grow in September. There were 174,294 passengers connecting in Milwaukee on those airlines, 27,234 more than last September.” He added, “With a 21.94 percent passenger growth rate in September, Mitchell far outpaced the nation’s average growth of 4 percent.”

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.