Walker Announces March Passenger Count Is An All-Time Single-Month High For General Mitchell International Airport

May 3, 2010

41.5% Increase Over March 2009

MILWAUKEE WI (May 3, 2010) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the number of passengers using General Mitchell International Airport in March 2010 set an all-time single-month record. The month’s total of 896,598 passengers was an increase of 41.47 percent over last March’s 633,763 passengers. The total eclipses the previous high month – July 2008 with 821,610 passengers. The March 2010 total marks seven straight months of passenger growth.

The number of passengers for the first quarter of 2010 also is a record at 2,262,597, a 39.57 percent increase over 2009′s 1,621,067 passengers for the same period.

Walker credited flight additions from Southwest, AirTran, Frontier/Midwest and Delta, saying, “In today’s economy, it’s all about the airfare. The added flights and low fares at Mitchell create a competitive situation that results in airfare deals for Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Mitchell once again is the fastest-growing airport in the nation. While passenger numbers topped 41 percent growth here in March, nationwide passenger travel rose just 1.4 percent.”

The increase in low-fare air service has attracted more travelers from northern Illinois and the northern Chicago area to use Mitchell for their flights. In addition, Mitchell’s SuperSaver parking lot at $5 a day compares very favorably with parking rates at the other two Chicago airports.

Market Data:
With 48 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.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than the average at 89 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (3rd Quarter 2009). Mitchell’s average fare was about $81 less than O’Hare’s and $60 less than the nation’s average fare.