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Midwest Increases Service to Kansas City
Midwest Airlines is enhancing service for its Milwaukee-Kansas City route, increasing from seven to eight nonstop roundtrip flights each weekday, beginning December 3.
Also, beginning this month, Midwest Connect has reinstated Milwaukee-Columbus midday service and upgraded it to regional jet service. Passengers on the airline’s Milwaukee-Dayton, Milwaukee-Appleton and Milwaukee-Grand Rapids flights also will enjoy regional jet service. The state-of-the-art Fairchild 328JET features reclining leather seats and the widest and tallest cabins in its class. For more information on flight times and fares, visit www.midwestairlines.com.
TSA Encourages “3-1-1” Approach to Packing Carry-On Luggage
The Transportation Security Administration is now suggesting the “3-1-1” approach to packing toiletries and other liquids in your carry-on bag. To help speed up the time it takes to get through security check points and comply with current security measures, pack only 3-ounce bottles or less; put them all in a clear 1-quart plastic, zip-top bag; and only place 1 bag per passenger in each screening bin. For more information, visit www.tsa.gov.
Condé Nast Traveler Recognizes MKE as One of Nation’s Top Airports
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the magazine designed for the discerning frequent traveler, recently ranked MKE as best in the nation in Ease of Connections, Customs/Baggage and Safety/Security. Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport (MKE) garnered the most first-place rankings in individual categories, and finished fifth overall among U.S. airports. The 9th Readers’ Choice Travel Awards appear in the magazine’s October 2006 issue.
MKE is currently undergoing a $50 million expansion and renovation of all three airport concourses. In addition, new food, beverage and retail options have been added to the airport’s concession mall and concourses.
Surface and Cell Phone Waiting Lots Reopen at MKE
MKE’s Surface Parking and Cell Phone Waiting Lots recently reopened following an eleven-week closure for a major resurfacing project. The Cell Phone Waiting Lot is located within the Surface Lot. Drivers waiting to pick up an arriving passenger can use the convenient Cell Phone Waiting Lot free of charge. The reopening also means that the Milwaukee County Transit bus stop has returned to its former location on the east side of the Surface Lot.
Book Your Ticket to Paradise with Vacation Packages from MKE
Your ticket to a sunny paradise this winter starts at Mitchell Airport aboard popular charter services operated by Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations. Book with Apple to escape to Cancun, Huatulco and Punta Cana. Or reserve your seat with Funjet, which also serves Cancun and Punta Cana, along with Cozumel, Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo, Montego Bay and Puerto Vallarta. Most charter service runs through mid-April. Call your travel agent or check fares and schedules out of MKE at www.applevacations.com or www.funjet.com
Wintertime Fun: Let’s hit the Slopes!
Have you found yourself counting down the days to the start of the ski season and fanatically checking the snow forecast? Well, wait no longer: it’s officially time to pull your planks (or snowboard!) out of storage for wintertime fun. Catch some air at these top U.S. destinations – both quick jaunts from Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport.
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Conquering Your Child’s Fear of Flying
If your family is traveling by plane this holiday season, you already may be fretting about your little ones’ fright of flight. It’s not uncommon for children to be scared to fly, especially if it’s their first time. Here are a few key tips to help keep them calm:
• Talk about it. If your child is worried about flying, the best thing you can do is acknowledge their concerns and let them know you understand.
• Be prepared and arrive early. Family travel is hectic enough – the last thing you want to do is be in a rush, which will increase their anxiety! With its convenient parking and manageable terminal, MKE is a great place for families to launch holiday travel. Pack early and make sure the family arrives at the airport with extra time to relax before your flight.
• Provide healthy foods. Avoid giving your child sugary foods or caffeinated drinks several hours before flying. Sugar-filled snacks and drinks could heighten your child’s sense of pre-flight “jitters” and make them restless on the flight. MKE offers several healthy food choices you may bring on board.
• Pack some fun. Give your child something to look forward to on the flight. Pack their favorite movies and a portable DVD player to keep young travelers occupied.
Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park Resort is the closest major destination ski resort to Denver and receives the most snow of all Colorado resorts. Winter Park’s five distinct mountains make it one of the most popular powder spots in the States! When snow bunnies have had their fill of vertical drop, they can enjoy snowmobile adventures, ice skating, hot springs and spas, dog sled rides and more than 40 area restaurants. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley Resort, located in the Northern Rockies region of south central Idaho, is America’s first destination resort. It was built in 1936 and modeled after the quaint ski villages at European destinations. As it celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, it’s still every bit the popular hot spot it was created to be, attracting avid winter athletes and families alike. Sun Valley has been acclaimed as the resort that offers more recreational opportunities than any other destination resort in the country. From spectacular ice shows to hockey lessons and sleigh rides, they’ve got it all. For more information, visit www.sunvalley.com.
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