Walker Announces Record May Passenger Count For General Mitchell International Airport

July 1, 2010

Second Busiest Month on Record

MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in May 2010 set a record for the month of May and was the second busiest month ever at the airport. May’s total of 836,961 passengers was an increase of 35.25 percent over last May’s 618,830 passengers. The May total marks nine straight months of record passenger growth.

Walker credited Mitchell’s low fares and additional air service for May’s dramatic increase in passengers. “Price is king in this economy,” he said. “The low fares have attracted business travelers and vacationers from around the region, which gives a great boost to our local economy. The better our air service, the more attractive Milwaukee is to convention planners and business developers.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With nationwide growth in passengers at 2 percent in May, the aviation industry is seeing just a gradual return to flying. Mitchell’s growth in comparison was 35 percent. Travelers looking for a low-cost, yet convenient way to get to Chicago’s northern suburbs are flying into Mitchell Airport.”

Recently released U.S. Department of Transportation data for 4th Quarter 2009 show that the average airfare out of Milwaukee dropped lower than the average at 92 other U.S. airports. Mitchell’s average fare was $91 less than O’Hare’s, $72 less than the nation’s average and, for the first time, less than Midway Airport’s by $10.