November 2003

As Mitchell Fares Lose Altitude, Passenger Statistics Reach New Heights!
Top National Newspaper Projects Mitchell as 7th Fastest-Growing Airport

It was one hot, record-breaking summer at General Mitchell International Airport. July and August will go on the books as the third and fourth busiest months in airport history. And September 2003 will be recorded as the airport's busiest September ever, thanks to scores of new services and a very special Harley Davidson 100-year-anniversary event. These activities helped boost passenger numbers in September to 448,706 - a 15 percent increase over the previous year. 

Despite the return of winter weather, Mitchell's runways show no sign of cooling down, thanks to an ever-expanding destination offering and competitive airfares. 

Recently, a top-selling national newspaper projected Mitchell to be 7th in the nation for passenger growth over the next five years! Research firm The Boyd Group/ASRC pegs Mitchell's expected growth at about 9.7%, and part of a bigger trend in which medium to small airports around the country could play catch-up with their urban counterparts.

The article attributes this trend entirely to discount airlines, which are attracted to the lower landing costs in smaller markets that help keep ticket prices low.

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