2009 News Releases

Walker Announces A Record November For General Mitchell International Airport

December 30, 2009

Passenger Traffic Up Nearly 40 Percent

MILWAUKEE (December 30, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that the November 2009 passenger count was the busiest on record for that month at General Mitchell International Airport. The November total of 725,048 passengers was an increase of 37.96 percent over last November’s 525,565 passengers, and was the first time more than 700,000 passengers used the airport in the month of November.

Walker noted that there were 34 percent more airline seats into and out of Milwaukee this November compared to last, and almost 200,000 more passengers. “Southwest Airlines started service to Mitchell in November, and attracted many new passengers from Wisconsin and northern Illinois with its popular, well-known brand,” he said.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The northern Chicago suburbs now have low-fare air service just a 45-minute drive away. With 12 airlines and nearly 220 daily departures, Mitchell has become one of the most price-competitive airports in the nation.”

Market Data:
With 48 markets, Mitchell International has moved up to 28th among U.S. airports in number of markets served nonstop, according to new data 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 75 other U.S. airports, according to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation statistics (2nd Quarter 2009). Mitchell’s average fare was about $44 less than O’Hare’s and $28 less than the nation’s average fare.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

 

Walker Announces Record Number Of Christmas And New Year’s Passengers Expected At General Mitchell International Airport

December 18, 2009

MILWAUKEE (December 18, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced more good news for Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) this year. GMIA has trimmed airfares and parking costs along with the tree this year, which translates into projections of a record number of passengers for the holiday season.

The total number of travelers using Mitchell International between December 19 and January 3 is expected to be 252,134, a 41.13 percent increase over last year. The busiest day will be December 23, with an anticipated 19,160 passengers. The Monday after Christmas comes in a close second with 19,138 air travelers.

The 2009 Christmas and New Year’s passenger projections are attached.

Tips for families traveling this holiday season:

  • Review the TSA’s 3-1-1 program for details on what can be packed in a carry-on. (www.tsa.gov/311)
  • When traveling with holiday gifts, remember to leave them unwrapped. Security officers may have to unwrap a gift if they need to take a closer look inside. This includes both carry-ons at the security checkpoint and checked baggage.
  • Arrive early (1.5 – 2 hours) to allow plenty of time for check-in and clearing security.
  • Park in the Airport’s SuperSaver lot for just $5 a day and take the free shuttle to the terminal.
  • Travelers with children:
    • Remember the dry snacks, coloring and activity books, portable video game systems and portable DVD players.
    • Take advantage of the children’s play areas and family restrooms conveniently located on all three concourses.
    • Remember that strollers have to go through security screening, so collapse and prepare them as you get close to the security checkpoint to make the process faster.

Projected Number of Passengers (busiest day in yellow):

 

2008

2009

 
 

TOTAL

TOTAL

CHANGE

12/19 (Sa)

 

14647

-

12/20 (Su)

10580

12105

14.41%

12/21 (M)

12085

14734

21.92%

12/22 (Tu)

13605

16527

21.48%

12/23 (W)

13011

19160

47.26%

12/24 (Th)

12042

15363

27.58%

12/25 (F)

8249

13505

63.72%

12/26 (Sa)

9126

17925

96.42%

12/27 (Su)

13798

17286

25.28%

12/28 (M)

13675

19138

39.95%

12/29 (Tu)

12592

18158

44.20%

12/30 (W)

11456

16687

45.66%

 12/31 (Th)

11421

14285

 25.08%

1/1 (F)

9050

12275

35.64%

1/2 (Sa)

8846

15560

75.90%

1/3 (Su)

9739

14779

51.75%

1/4 (M)

9373

-

TOTAL

178648

252134

41.13%

Passengers by Time of Day:
2009 Passengers by Time of Day

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

American Eagle Airlines to Increase Nonstop Service Between Milwaukee and Dallas/Fort Worth Earn Double AAdvantage Miles, Beginning Today

November 24, 2009

FORT WORTH (November 24, 2009) – American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will increase its daily nonstop flights between General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis. (MKE), and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), beginning Jan. 31. The additions will bring the total number of flights between the DFW Metroplex and Milwaukee to five.

American Eagle will operate its Milwaukee service using a combination of 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 and 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

“We’re very pleased with our current service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Milwaukee,” said Gary Foss, Vice President – Planning & Marketing, AMR Regional Network. “And we’re delighted that Eagle’s expanded service will offer even more options to and from Milwaukee while providing our customers in Southeastern Wisconsin with convenient connections to American’s global network through its largest hub.”

(Full News Release from American Airlines Here)

Walker Announces A Record October For General Mitchell International Airport

November 24, 2009

Mitchell Moves Up to 28th in Number of Cities Served Nonstop

MILWAUKEE (November 24, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that October 2009 was the busiest on record for that month at General Mitchell International Airport. The October total of 705,989 passengers was an increase of 21.15 percent over last October’s 582,722 passengers, and was the first time more than 700,000 passengers used the airport in the month of October.

Walker noted that there were 123,662 more airline seats into and out of Milwaukee this October compared to last, and 123,267 more passengers. “Wisconsin and northern Illinois passengers have enthusiastically welcomed the new low-fare flight options out of Mitchell, filling just about every seat the airlines added in October,” he said.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “With 48 markets, Mitchell International has moved up to 28th among U.S. airports in number of markets served nonstop, according to new data published by the Brookings Institute.” Mitchell’s rank in a similar 2004 study was 34th. “This 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,” Bateman said. He noted that competition has heated up at the airport since Southwest Airlines launched service on November 1st and AirTran and Midwest have added flights.

The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than 75 other U.S. airports, according to recently released U.S. Department of Transportation statistics for 2nd Quarter 2009. Mitchell’s average fare was about $44 less than O’Hare’s and $28 less than the nation’s average fare.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport Anticipates a Record Number of Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers

November 19, 2009

Offers Tips for Families Traveling During the Busy Holiday Season

MILWAUKEE (November 19, 2009) – Air travelers are enjoying a Thanksgiving menu of increased nonstop flights, lower fares and supersaver parking rates at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport this year.

Passenger numbers projected by Mitchell’s airlines show that a record number of passengers will use the airport during the 11-day period from the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday after the holiday. As in past years, the busiest travel day will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with 27,078 passengers expected (compared with approximately 21,500 on an average day). The day before Thanksgiving will also be busy, as 24,774 air travelers pass through the airport. The total number of Mitchell International passengers between November 20 and November 30 is projected to be 214,690, a 42.43 percent increase over last year.

Tips for families traveling this holiday season:

  • Review the TSA’s 3-1-1 program for details on what can be packed in a carry-on. (www.tsa.gov/311)
  • Arrive early (1 1/2 – 2 hours) to allow plenty of time for check-in and clearing security.
  • Take advantage of the children’s play areas and family restrooms conveniently located on all three concourses.
  • Remember the dry snacks, coloring and activity books, portable video game systems and portable DVD players if traveling with children.
  • Remember that strollers have to go through security screening, so collapse and prepare them as you get close to the security checkpoint to make the process faster.

Safety tips from the Milwaukee County Sheriffs Office:

  • Pull your car into the Cell Phone Lot (inside the Surface Lot) and tell your arriving passenger to give you a call after they’ve claimed their luggage and are ready for a pick-up. The first 30 minutes in the Cell Phone Lot are free.
  • Whether you’re parking at the airport, the shopping mall or in your driveway, make sure nothing of value is visible inside your car. GPS devices, music systems, electronics, loose change, leather coats, wrapped gifts – all are invitations to thieves. Lock your car. Check again – did you lock your car?
  • Keep your luggage in your view and by your side at all times while in the airport.

Midwest Airlines Adds More Milwaukee Nonstop Service

November 10, 2009

Service to San Francisco and Raleigh/Durham Takes Off in April

MILWAUKEE (November 10, 2009) – Midwest Airlines today announced it will expand its route map from Milwaukee with nonstop service between Milwaukee and both San Francisco and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. Milwaukee’s hometown airline will launch San Francisco service on April 19, 2010 and Raleigh/Durham service on April 1, 2010.

“This is further evidence of Midwest’s commitment to the Milwaukee community,” said Jim Reichart, Midwest’s director of Advertising and Brand. “We’re proud to offer Milwaukee-area travelers more flights and more nonstop destinations than any other carrier.” With the new service, Midwest will provide nonstop service from Milwaukee to 34 cities.

The San Francisco service will be operated on 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, featuring 3-by-3 all-leather seating, four rows of stretch seating with 36 inches of legroom and 24 channels of DIRECTV at every seat. The twice-daily Raleigh/Durham service – the only nonstop service on the route – will be operated on 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft, featuring 2-by-2 all-leather seating. Flights on both routes will offer buy-onboard meals and snacks, and complimentary baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies.

To celebrate the launch of the new service, Midwest is offering pricing beginning at $96 one way on the Milwaukee-San Francisco route and at $89 one way on the Milwaukee-Raleigh/Durham route. Tickets must be purchased at least 21 days in advance and by Nov. 30, 2009 for travel through June 30, 2010; Sunday travel is excluded. For flight information and reservations, visit midwestairlines.com or call the Midwest Airlines Contact Center at 800-452-2022 (in Milwaukee, 414-570-7000).

Airtran Airways Expands Schedule In Milwaukee, Launches Innovative Partnership With Skywest Airlines

November 4, 2009

Expansion and Partnership Increase Frequencies and Destinations from General Mitchell International Airport

ORLANDO (November 4, 2009) – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced new additions to its growing Milwaukee route network. These additions include non-stop service from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and expanded service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport beginning April 6, 2010.

The low-cost leader also announced a new marketing partnership with SkyWest Airlines to support its Milwaukee focus city. In this unique partnership, SkyWest Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (Nasdaq: SKYW), will offer regional jet service between Milwaukee and six destinations, including: Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Akron/Canton, Ohio, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb. Seats on these flights will be sold in conjunction with AirTran Airways flights with revenue shared on a pro-rated basis.

Service under this new agreement will begin next month. Once fully implemented in February 2010, SkyWest Airlines will offer 18 daily non-stop flights from Milwaukee to six destinations. These flights will be operated by SkyWest Airlines and will be available for customers to book through AirTran’s normal distribution channels, including the company’s award-winning Web site, www.AirTran.com, travel agencies and 1-800-AIR-TRAN.

(Read Full Release From Airtran Airways Here)

Touchdown In Milwaukee! Southwest Airlines Adds 35th State, 68th City And Brings Legendary Customer Service To Wisconsin Travelers

November 2, 2009

Carrier Launches Service From Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport with 12 Daily Flights to Six Nonstop Destinations

DALLAS (November 2, 2009) – It’s On, Wisconsin! Southwest Airlines officially kicked off the carrier’s service from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport at a news conference this morning, capping-off a weekend of events that underscore Southwest’s longterm investment in Southeast Wisconsin.

“We want our relationship with Milwaukee to be about more than just our nonstop flights, low fares, and Customer Service–although those are important,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s Chairman, President, and CEO. “Southwest Airlines is truly here as a member of this community and our weekend involvement with the Ronald McDonald House and our fabulous tailgate are just the beginning.”

Kelly joined officials from Milwaukee County in kicking a ceremonial football filled with confetti to cap-off Southwest’s Touchdown in Milwaukee celebrations which featured a free tailgate watching party for a thousand Green Bay Packers fans on Sunday. (Coverage of the event is at http://blogsouthwest.com)

“Southwest is now a community partner in so many ways,” said Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive. “Above all, these new flights and new markets clearly help fuel the economic engine of this entire region, Mitchell Airport.”

“This added service will build on Mitchell’s reputation as one of the most competitive airports in the United States,” said Lee Holloway, Milwaukee County Board Chairman. “We look forward to working with Southwest Airlines in the coming years to help them grow their service even more.”

(Read the Full Release from Southwest Airlines Here.)

Walker Announces A Record September For Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport

October 28, 2009

Mitchell’s Average Airfare Lower than 75 Other Airports in the U.S.

MILWAUKEE (October 28, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that September 2009 was the busiest on record for that month at General Mitchell International Airport. The September total of 648,779 passengers was an increase of 16.85 percent over last September’s 555,234 passengers, and ahead of the previous record September, in 2007, at 597,102 passengers.

Walker noted that there were 19 percent more airline seats into and out of Milwaukee this September compared to last. “The number of flights is increasing and airfares out of Mitchell are getting even more competitive. Passengers throughout Wisconsin and the northern Chicago suburbs are comparing airfares and finding they can save a lot of money flying out of the Milwaukee airport,” Walker said.

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “The average airfare out of Milwaukee was lower than 75 other U.S. airports, according to recently released U.S. Department of Transportation statistics for 2nd Quarter 2009. Mitchell’s average fare was about $44 less than O’Hare’s and $28 less than the nation’s average fare.”

Walker says competition will continue to heat up with the launch this weekend of Southwest Airlines service to the Milwaukee airport.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

Milwaukee County’s Mitchell International Airport Introduces Supersaver Parking For Just $5 A Day

October 27, 2009

MILWAUKEE (October 27, 2009) – Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport is introducing its new SuperSaver parking lot (formerly the Remote Lot) with a 24-hour rate of $5, including sales tax. The SuperSaver lot, with free and convenient shuttle service directly to the airport terminal, is the lowest cost parking option at Mitchell Airport. The lot is easily accessible from the airport spur and Howell Avenue. New signs direct drivers to the location.

“With so many great low-fare airline options from Mitchell, we want to offer travelers a convenient and affordable experience from the moment they arrive at the airport,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.

In addition to SuperSaver parking, Mitchell Airport continues to offer Hourly covered parking for $2 per hour ($22 per day max), Daily covered parking for $12 per day and adjacent Surface parking (with Cell Phone lot) for $13 per day. The first 30 minutes of parking in the Hourly and Surface lots are free.

Mitchell Airport’s 12 airlines offer nonstop flights to 50 cities and one-stop connections to major cities throughout the world.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

Walker Welcomes Chili’s Too! To Mitchell Airport

September 21, 2009

New dining option now open on Concourse C

MILWAUKEE (September 21, 2009) - Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced that Chili’s Too! restaurant and bar is now open on Concourse C at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport. Walker said, “We are pleased to welcome Chili’s Too! as we begin revamping the food and beverage line-up at the airport. Passengers can dine-in before their trip or pick up a to-go meal to take on their flight.”

While passengers taking a flight from any concourse can enjoy Chili’s Too! simply by presenting their same-day boarding pass and ID at the Concourse C security checkpoint, Walker noted that the new cities and flights added by AirTran Airways means there are many more passengers looking for food and beverage options on Concourse C. Other airlines serving Concourse C are Air Canada, American Eagle, United Express and US Airways Express.

The Chili’s Too! menu features creative southwestern flavors of hot grilled favorites, fresh salads, or Big Mouth Burgers, plus Chili’s well-known specialty drinks such as the Margarita Presidente. Chili’s Too! is a brand offered by HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in dining and shopping in travel venues. Chili’s Too! is an extension of one of the world’s best known casual dining brands – Chili’s Grill and Bar – that has been tailored specifically for travelers on-the-go.

HMSHost-s Vice President Joe Waller said, “The MKE Chili’s Too! casual dining environment has a little something for everyone from popular Chili’s entrees to favorite bar selections. Our Chili’s Too! energy is so appealing that you get a sense of it from the moment you walk into the restaurant and are met by the enthusiastic staff and the creative decor.”

Mitchell International served nearly eight million passengers in 2008, one of few airports that showed passenger growth for the year. In addition to AirTran’s growth at Mitchell, significant air service additions have been initiated by Midwest and Delta Airlines. Southwest Airlines will begin service to Mitchell International on November 1.

About Mitchell International Airport
General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

Midwest Airlines Resumes Nonstop Service To Los Angeles And Louisville

June 11, 2009

Airline Also Announces Additional Indianapolis Service, Resumption of Ft. Myers Seasonal Service

MILWAUKEE (June 11, 2009) – Midwest Airlines today said it will resume nonstop service between Milwaukee and both Los Angeles and Louisville, Ky. It also announced additional service between Milwaukee and Indianapolis, as well as the resumption of its seasonal schedule between Milwaukee and Ft. Myers, Fla.

Daily nonstop service between Milwaukee and Los Angeles will begin Aug. 1, with service offered aboard an Embraer 190 configured with 10 extra-wide leather Signature seats and 84 leather Saver seats. The Midwest Class seating option combines the airline’s award-winning service and onboard amenities with two choices of seating in the same coach cabin. Buy-onboard Best Care Cuisine meals and baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies will also be available.

Twice-daily nonstop Louisville service will begin Aug. 2, and a fourth daily nonstop flight to Indianapolis takes off July 7. Both will be offered on 37-seat Embraer 135 aircraft.

Midwest recently entered into air service agreements with Republic Airways to operate the E190s and E135s for this service.

In addition, the airline announced it will resume its popular seasonal service to Ft. Myers beginning Nov. 19 and continuing through April 19, 2010. That service will be operated on 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft.

For flight information and reservations, visit midwestairlines.com, call the Midwest Airlines Contact Center at 800-452-2022 (in Milwaukee, 414-570-7000), or contact a travel consultant.

“We continue to stay close to our customers to provide what they want in terms of enhanced service options to a variety of markets,” Midwest chairman Timothy E. Hoeksema wrote in a message to employees marking the airline’s 25th anniversary. “As we make progress on our restructuring plan, to be able to make this announcement in conjunction with our anniversary acknowledges the customers who have supported us for the past 25 years.”

Midwest Airlines features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Catering to business travelers and discerning leisure travelers, the airline earned its reputation as “The best care in the air” by providing passengers with impeccable service and onboard amenities at competitive fares. More information is available at midwestairlines.com.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Annual Significant Industrial User Honor Roll Recognizes General Mitchell International Airport

June 9, 2009

MILWAUKEE (June 9, 2009) – Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) received recognition as a member of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s annual Significant Industrial User Honor Roll for 2008. This recognition is for major discharge into the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District system and is awarded to firms that are known to be in compliance with all the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulations. GMIA was praised for its diligence in ensuring that all airport operations comply with environmental standards that help to preserve Lake Michigan and its tributaries for future generations to enjoy.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the Airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on GMIA, visitwww.mitchellairport.com.

Southwest Airlines Announces Fares And Flights To/From Milwaukee

June 9, 2009

Carrier Will Operate 12 Daily Nonstop Flights on Boeing 737 Aircraft to Six Destinations
Beginning November 1, 2009 with Fares as Low as $35 one-way

DALLAS (June 9, 2009) – We’re going to do it our way–the Southwest Way! Beginning November 1, 2009, Southwest Airlines will connect Milwaukee to the nation’s largest airline network bringing legendary Customer Service and Low-Fare Value to fee-weary and under-served travelers across Southeast Wisconsin.

The airline will begin service with a dozen daily nonstop flights to six destinations: 3 to Baltimore/Washington, 3 to Kansas City, 2 to Las Vegas, 2 to Orlando, 1 to Phoenix, and 1 to Tampa Bay. Southwest is offering all of these new flights with fares as low as $35 one-way (when purchased by June 26th), recognizing Wisconsin’s place as the 35th state to join the Southwest network. After the 26th, enjoy Southwest’s low introductory fares from $49 to $99 to all nonstop destinations (see all fare rules below).

The fares and schedule are available for purchase today on www.southwest.com

“That’s $35 to get from Milwaukee to all six of these cities — It’s On!” said Teresa Laraba, Southwest’s Vice President of Ground Operations, this morning at a news conference outside the Milwaukee Art Museum. “While other airlines have taken away options and added fees, our new Milwaukee service will stand apart in many ways. Milwaukeeans should know that we’re here to serve and we’re here to stay! We can’t wait to introduce our legendary Customer Service, as well as our low fares and on time flights to new Customers across Wisconsin and Northern Illinois who’ve been asking for Southwest service for many years.”

In addition to the 12 daily nonstop flights, Southwest Airlines’ new service out of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport will offer direct (same plane) or connecting service to 49 other destinations throughout the Southwest Network. Southwest Airlines will operate from two gates in Terminal D at Mitchell, and will have about 40 fulltime Employees.

“Southwest has a loyal following and many cities covet attracting their service,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. “We can’t be more pleased they chose Milwaukee.”

Milwaukee County Supervisors Lee Holloway and Michael Mayo, Sr., said, “This added service will build off Mitchell Airport’s reputation as one of the most effective and efficient airports in the United States.”

When shopping for Southwest online, it’s important to know that Southwest Airlines’ low fares are available only at www.southwest.com. Not only will Customers find Southwest’s great online rates, but the site also hosts Southwest’s Travel Guide where Customers can check out travel tips posted by those who frequent Southeastern Wisconsin. For an insider’s look into the new Milwaukee Service, a long-time Southwest Employee and native Wisconsinite writes about growing up in Southwest’s newest state on Southwest’s blog–Nuts About Southwest. To view her post, visit: http://www.blogsouthwest.com/blog/our- southwest-family-may-already-be-part-yours.

After 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation’s leading low-fare carrier, continues to stand above other airlines — offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service and the Nation’s largest airline network exclusively utilizing Boeing 737 aircraft. Southwest Airlines is the most productive airline in the sky and offers Customers a comfortable traveling experience with all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest recently updated its gate areas and improved its boarding procedure to make flying Southwest Airlines even more convenient. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), the nation’s largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 65 cities in 33 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has more than 35,000 Employees systemwide.

Frontier Airlines Adds Additional Service To Milwaukee

May 29, 2009

Fourth Non-Stop Added During Peak Summer Season

DENVER (May 29, 2009) – Frontier Airlines is helping residents of the greater Milwaukee area with their summer travels this year by adding another nonstop flight from Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) to Denver International Airport (DEN) starting July 1, 2009. During the peak summer travel season, Frontier will operate four nonstop flights between the two airports.

“We are seeing tremendous demand from the Milwaukee area this summer,” said Frontier Vice President of Planning Tom Bacon. “So we are excited to add even more opportunities for people to take advantage of our affordable fares, the choice and added value that comes with our AirFairs product and our commitment to customer service.”

“Mitchell International Airport welcomes Frontier’s fourth daily flight to Denver,” said Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. “In addition to the important Milwaukee-Denver business travel market, Denver serves as the jumping-off point for a lot of summer vacation adventures. Many Colorado and western U.S. residents will also use the new service to enjoy a wonderful Wisconsin summer vacation.”

Frontier originally began service to Milwaukee in August 2003.

Following is the additional Milwaukee flight schedule:

Denver-Milwaukee

Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
*366 6:03 a.m. 9:18 a.m. Daily

*Schedule valid from July 1, 2009 – Aug. 15, 2009. Flight does not operate Tuesdays or Sundays.

 Milwaukee-Denver

Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
*367 9:58 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Daily

* Schedule valid from July 1, 2009 – Aug. 15, 2009 Flight does not operate Tuesdays or Sundays.

All times given in local arrival or departure city times.

About Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.
Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Currently in its 15th year of operations, Frontier Airlines is the second-largest jet service carrier at Denver International Airport, employing approximately 5,000 aviation professionals. Frontier Airlines’ mainline operation has 51 aircraft with one of the youngest Airbus fleets in North America. Frontier Airlines’ mainline operations offer 24 channels of DIRECTV service in every seatback along with a comfortable all-coach configuration. In conjunction with a fleet of ten Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Lynx Aviation (a subsidiary of Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.), Frontier offers routes to more than 50 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica. In addition, Frontier and AirTran Airways operate a first-of-its-kind integrated marketing partnership that offers travelers the ability to reach more than 80 destinations across four countries with low fares, aboard two of the youngest fleets in the industry. For more in-depth information on Frontier Airlines, please visit its Web site at FrontierAirlines.com.

SOURCE: Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc.
Web site: FrontierAirlines.com

Supervisor Mayo Statement On Southwest Airlines

May 20, 2009

MILWAUKEE (May 20, 2009) – Milwaukee County Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., released the following statement on Southwest Airlines’ decision to begin service to Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport.

“This is great news for Milwaukee County and the entire region. Southwest’s outstanding service and low fares will give travelers from Milwaukee County and beyond even more options as they fly for both business and leisure. Additional service from a carrier like Southwest will also bring more visitors to Milwaukee County, strengthening the convention and tourism industries.”

“This added service will build on Mitchell’s reputation as one of the most effective and efficient airports in the United States. I thank Airport Director Barry Bateman and the entire airport staff for bringing Southwest here to Milwaukee. This is truly a win-win for the residents of Milwaukee County. I am excited to work with Southwest Airlines in the coming months and years and look forward to their upcoming announcement on the destinations they will serve from Milwaukee.”

Walker Welcomes Southwest Airlines To Mitchell International Airport

May 20, 2009

MILWAUKEE (May 20, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that Southwest Airlines will begin service to General Mitchell International Airport later this year.

Walker said, “More jobs and more flights: this is great news for people in Milwaukee County and throughout the region,” said Walker. “It is yet another sign that Mitchell International is one of the best-run airports in the country.”

Southwest plans to release more details of its future service from Milwaukee, including naming cities to be served and the date service will begin, in the coming months.

Mitchell International Airport served a record number of passengers in 2008 and was one of just a few airports showing a gain. For the year, the passenger total of 7,956,968 represented a 3.17 percent gain over 2007′s record 7,712,535 passengers.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

SSP America Celebrates Grand Opening Of Nonna Bartolotta’s And Alterra At Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport

April 9, 2009

MILWAUKEE - SSP America, the Food Travel Experts, joined officials from Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport, The Bartolotta Restaurant Group, and Alterra Coffee in celebrating the arrival of the Nonna Bartolotta’s restaurant and Alterra coffee shops earlier today.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve the travelers and community of Milwaukee with an unprecedented dining experience at General Mitchell International Airport,” stated Pat Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Development of SSP America. “Our partnership with these local iconic brands captures the essence of our soul, where exceptional quality and freshness is not a goal but the driving force behind what we do.”

SSP’s partnership with The Bartolotta Restaurant Group and Alterra Coffee is consistent with its objective to bring enhanced restaurant offerings to North American airports. With nearly 8 million passengers passing through the Airport annually, General Mitchell qualifies as a major airport deserving of the finest in dining venues. Before identifying the brands proposed to the County and Airport management, SSP conducted a focus group with local business and community leaders to better understand the needs of the area’s traveling public.

“Passengers at Mitchell Airport will love the added food and beverage options,” said Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive.  “Alterra runs a great operation, and Nonna’s Italian-style trattoria provides a top-notch menu in a wonderful atmosphere.”

Nonna Bartolotta’s, a tribute to Joe and Paul Bartolotta’s Sicilian grandmother and her authentic recipes, serves Italian-style cuisine, with a unique Milwaukee flair, in a sit-down dining venue. The original Ristorante Bartolotta was established in 1993 and has become a Milwaukee favorite.  The new Nonna’s at the Airport includes a traditional Northern Italian menu drawn from the parent restaurant’s portfolio of dishes.

Alterra Coffee, well-known for strong, quality coffee and outstanding customer service, has opened three shops at Mitchell International Airport. The company has long been recognized for its ability to deliver a unique experience to its customers through its creative cafe spaces, commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint and its offering of Fair Trade and certified organic coffees. Alterra at Mitchell will provide the same exceptional coffee and complementary food products that have made the roaster a local Milwaukee favorite since 1993.

Passengers taking a flight from any concourse can enjoy a taste of Nonna Bartolotta’s or Alterra simply by presenting their boarding pass and ID at the Concourse D security checkpoint.

Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board’s Transportation and Public Works Committee, County Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., noted, “It’s great that SSP America is helping Milwaukee County expand the food and beverage offerings at General Mitchell International Airport.  I am pleased that the County Board could play a role in bringing more local flavors to our airport.”

 

About SSP
SSP, the Food Travel Experts, is the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, with operations in more than 130 airports and 300 rail stations in 31 countries. Its unparalleled portfolio of international, national, local, specialty and new breakthrough food and beverage brands includes its own national and international brands. Among these are Starbucks, Caffe Ritazza, Burger King, Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Bonne Journee, Caviar House & Prunier, Pizza Hut, Upper Crust and Le Train Bleu. SSP has operations in airports, train stations, motorways, retail parks and conference centers.

About SSP America (SSP Canada / SSP Caribbean) 
SSP America operates in more than 42 airports and motorways across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Other third party brands in the broad portfolio include The Palm Restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Houlihan’s, Gordon Biersch, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panda Express, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Chick-fil-A,  Moe’s Southwest Grill, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, T.G.I. Friday’s, Carl’s Jr., The Great American Bagel and Buffalo Wild Wings. SSP America’s brand portfolio also includes strong local icons such as Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Bill Bateman’s Bistro, Rams Head, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Las Palapas Mexican Cafe, Brew Brothers Brewery and Legends of Aviation.

About General Mitchell Airport
General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

Airtran Airways Expands Milwaukee Operations By More Than 40 Percent

February 9, 2009

Low Cost Carrier Drives Down Fares and Offers New Nonstop Service
to Branson, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and St. Louis

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 10, 2009) – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced that the airline will increase capacity and expand its Milwaukee operations by more than 40 percent with new and extended service. In May, the airline will begin daily nonstop flights between Milwaukee and the following four new destinations: Branson, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; plus seasonal service to Denver, Colo. The new flights are part of the carrier’s strategy to expand service from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and bolster travel options for local residents.

The new and extended service will result in unprecedented growth for AirTran Airways in the market, with 30 daily departures from Milwaukee for the peak summer schedule, up from 21 in summer 2008 – a 43 percent increase year over year. Additionally, the number of seats available per week on departing flights will grow 39 percent year over year. The airline will offer nonstop service to 18 destinations from Milwaukee, an increase from 14 previously.

“AirTran Airways is increasing flights by more than 40 percent in Milwaukee to meet the market’s service demands,” said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales, AirTran Airways. “We see enormous potential in Milwaukee, and this increase in service underscores our commitment to growth in the market. With the addition of AirTran Airways’ new flights, Milwaukeeans can expect to see fares drop as much as 60 percent on these routes, and we are confident that residents will continue responding to our lower fares to more destinations.”

The carrier will offer two daily roundtrips to Minneapolis-St. Paul effective May 5, with an increase to three daily roundtrips effective May 21. Service to Branson will begin May 11 with one daily roundtrip flight. AirTran Airways will also offer two daily roundtrips to St. Louis and one daily roundtrip to Denver, effective May 21. Seasonal service to Denver will end September 8, 2009.

In addition to the new routes, AirTran Airways will increase three seasonal destinations to year-round service, flights to Los Angeles will return on April 14; service to Boston will return May 21; and winter seasonal service to Tampa/St. Petersburg will be maintained year-round. In addition, seasonal service to both San Francisco and Seattle/Tacoma will be extended to October 30 and could be added to the roster of year-round flights in the future.

“I welcome the news that AirTran Airways is bringing more flight options to General Mitchell International Airport,” said Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker. “More competition between the airlines means lower fares for local business and leisure travelers. Direct flights are critical for our region’s long-term economic development.”

AirTran Airways also offers connections to an additional 28 destinations through Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, New York and Orlando, for a total of 46 destinations served from Milwaukee.

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), a Fortune 1000 company, is ranked number one in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study. The airline offers coast-to-coast flights, North America’s newest all-Boeing fleet, friendly service and Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit airtran.com.

Walker Introduces New Mobile Enhanced Airport Web Site

January 16, 2009

New mobile device enhanced site caters to travelers on the go.

MILWAUKEE (January 16, 2009) – In response to the growing number of travelers using mobile devices and smart phones, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker today introduced a new mobile friendly enhancement to General Mitchell International Airport’s (GMIA) Web site.  The new mobile site, mobile.mitchellairport.com, gives travelers a streamlined version of the airport’s Web site, providing quick and easy information on the move.

“With today’s busy schedules, more and more people are turning to their smart phones to get up to the minute information on the airport,” said Walker. “This new enhancement makes it easy for travelers on the go to check on their flight, get real-time parking information and much more.”

Using the industry’s best practices, the GMIA mobile site creates a bandwidth-friendly experience formatted to fit on the smaller screens of mobile devices. Mobile.mitchellairport.com contains information found to be the most important to travelers, including arrivals and departures status, real-time parking information, directions to the airport and an airport guide. The site also includes a listing of airlines that serve GMIA complete with Web links and contact phone numbers that can be dialed by a cell phone with one simple click.

The new mobile site joins other recent enhancements at General Mitchell International Airport to improve the travel experience for its customers. The airport recently added a real-time parking monitor to its Web site as well as introduced the new Smart Pass parking system.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.

Walker Announces 2008 A Record Year At Mitchell Airport

January 12, 2009

Passenger Count Nears 8 Million

MILWAUKEE (January 21, 2009) – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today that General Mitchell International Airport served a record number of passengers in 2008. Concluding 17 straight months of record growth, the passenger total for the first eight months of 2008 was up 9.4 percent compared to the same period in 2007, but following flight reductions at Mitchell and airports throughout the U.S., the passenger total for the last four months of 2008 decreased 10 percent. For the year, the passenger total of 7,956,968 represented a 3.17 percent gain over 2007′s record 7,712,535 passengers.

“The significant increase in flights and nonstop destinations out of Milwaukee last spring and summer led the way to Mitchell’s record numbers,” said Walker. “Passengers found plenty of competitive airfares from each of Mitchell’s 12 airlines.”

Airport Director Barry Bateman said, “Airfares out of Milwaukee continue to offer a great bargain for both vacationers and business travelers. For less than $250, passengers who book soon can take a nonstop spring break flight to, for example, Orlando, Phoenix, Denver or New York.”

Bateman noted that many passengers from northern Illinois or destined for Chicago from another city use Mitchell as a lower-cost alternative. In 2008, there were 18,000 more cars with Illinois license plates in Mitchell’s parking lots than in 2007. Average airfares out of Mitchell were lower than those at 58 other U.S. airports, ($35 lower than O’Hare’s and $25 lower than the national average) in 2Q 08 according to the most currently available U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. “For many Rockford and Lake and McHenry County residents, Mitchell is closer and more convenient than the other Chicago airports,” he said.

Mitchell has more daily nonstop flights to more cities than the five airports ranked above and below Mitchell in terms of annual passengers.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation & Public Works, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. For more information on Mitchell International, visit www.mitchellairport.com.