Passenger Total Second Highest in Airport History
Low airfares and added service make "MKE" airport of choice
Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport handled 618,009 passengers in
April, a record for the month, and the second time ever a monthly total has
exceeded 600,000. The number of April passengers was up 23.72 percent over the
April 2003 total of 499,515. An all-time record 644,603 passengers used the airport
in March. The year-to-date total shows an 18.39 percent increase over the same
period in 2003.
One factor influencing the growth in passenger numbers is lower airfares, which
attracts passengers from a wider area and attracts those who might otherwise have
chosen to drive to their destination. In addition, the number of airline seats
available out of Mitchell in April increased 15.32 percent over April 2003. This is
the result of air service additions over the past 10 months by Northwest Airlines;
Midwest Airlines; AirTran Airways and Delta Connection. Also during this period,
Frontier Airlines and USA 3000 Airlines inaugurated service from Mitchell
International. Seasonal charter flights to popular vacation destinations also
boosted passenger numbers this quarter.
Recent changes to scheduled air service include:
- Midwest Airlines added seasonal nonstop service between Milwaukee and San Francisco
May 9, with one daily flight, except on Saturdays. On June 1, Midwest Airlines will
add nonstop flights between Milwaukee and Los Angeles Thursdays and Fridays
throughout the summer.
- Northwest Airlines will add seven daily nonstop flights on regional jets from
Milwaukee, including service to three new destinations. Beginning July 1, Northwest
will add one flight each to New York (LaGuardia) and Minneapolis/St. Paul. On July
12, the airline will add a flight to Washington D.C. (Reagan), and it will launch
nonstop service to a new destination, Kansas City. Starting September 1, Northwest
will introduce nonstop flights to two new destinations: Baltimore and St. Louis.
- Midwest Airlines will increase its nonstop service to Boston and Philadelphia on
June 17, and Dallas/Ft. Worth and Kansas City on July 1, adding one daily flight to
- Midwest Connect will increase its nonstop service to Appleton; Green Bay;
Indianapolis; Madison; Minneapolis/St. Paul and Newark on July 1, adding one daily
flight to each city.