June/July 2006

Mitchell Sets New April Passenger Record; Year-to-Date up 2 Percent

Mitchell Airport set a new April passenger record. A total of 660,850 passengers came to Mitchell in April, an increase of 8.63 percent over last April's record of 608,326 passengers. For the first four months of 2006, the passenger total is up 2.14 percent over the same period in 2005.

The traditional "Easter vacation" week fell in April this year, boosting the number of leisure travelers during the month.

"People generally buy airline tickets for their vacations months in advance, to take advantage of lower fares," said County Executive Scott Walker. "When people add up gasoline, tolls, meals and hotels on a driving vacation, many choose instead to fly to save time and money."

U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that Mitchell has moved up to the 50th largest airport in the nation and ranks 34th in the number of markets served by nonstop flights.

A number of improvements to Mitchell International are underway to accommodate the growing number of passengers:

  • Renovation and widening of Concourse C, including the security checkpoint and gates, is nearly complete. Artist Carlos Alves will finish his artwork in the concourse this month.
  • Eight new gates are under construction on Concourse C.
  • A new taxiway that will accommodate two-way aircraft traffic around the new Concourse C gates is under construction.
  • The Concourse D security checkpoint has been widened, adding two more security lanes, and renovation of the Concourse D stem will be finished this year.
  • Construction of additional security checkpoint lanes on Concourse E is complete and the Concourse E stem renovation is now under way