Walker Announces Record April Passenger Count For General Mitchell International Airport

June 7, 2010

Mitchell’s Average Airfare Drops Below Chicago Midway’s

MILWAUKEE (June 7, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in April 2010 set a record for that month. April’s total of 832,641 passengers was an increase of 36.6 percent over last April’s 609,560 passengers. The April total marks eight straight months of record passenger growth.

Walker cited last fall’s start of service by Southwest Airlines as sparking the spike in passengers. “Southwest has terrific name recognition,” he said. “AirTran has fulfilled its promise to make Milwaukee a hub, and Frontier continues to add cities and service. Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers are benefitting from fantastic airfare deals.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell’s April growth at 36% far outpaced the nationwide growth rate of 0.5%. Travelers from this region, including the northern Chicago suburbs, see Mitchell as a low-fare, easy and accessible airport.”

Newly 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.

Market Data:
With 51 markets, Mitchell International 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 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.