September 2004

Mitchell Offers Delay-Weary Chicago Travelers Timely Alternative
"Avoid the Chicago ORDeal" campaign touts Milwaukee's hassle-free airport

With O'Hare making national headlines for its shortcomings in the on-time departures category, the timing for Mitchell Airport's new marketing campaign couldn't be better. "Avoid the Chicago ORDeal! Fly MKE!" gives northern Chicagoans several reasons to alter airport allegiances, from a less congested terminal to the potential savings of lower fares and only $10/day covered parking... benefits, which airport officials point out, are already enjoyed by Milwaukee travelers.

MKE: Making its own headlines
"While the campaign primarily targets northern Illinois residents, any traveler wanting to fly into or out of the surrounding Chicago area should look to Mitchell Airport," says Airport Director Barry Bateman. "We've been recognized for short check-in times and good on-time departure rates, plus our growing list of low-fare carriers and close-in parking will save you both time and money. You're never more than a 10-minute walk from the parking garage to the farthest gate." O'Hare can't make that claim.

In the News: Mitchell Airport and Alternative Airports
  • “Tired of O'Hare? Milwaukee wants you.”  Daily Herald, August 12, 2004
  • "Delays at O'Hare a boon for Mitchell" Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, August 7, 2004
  • "Airfares Down During Last Quarter in Milwaukee Airport" USA Today, July 29, 2004
  • "The Upside of Using An Inconvenient Airport" Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2004
  • "Mitchell Airport Ranks High for Short Check-In Times" BizTimes Daily, June 24, 2004
  • "Milwaukee: Chicago's Third Airport" OAG Frequent Flyer, May 14, 2004
  • "Best Small Airports, Midwest" Forbes Magazine, February 25, 2004
  • NBC Today Show Travel Editor Peter Greenberg has long promoted Mitchell Airport as one of his favorite layover locales.

The bottom line: It doesn't matter where you live. It's always good to "Avoid the Chicago ORDeal! Fly MKE!" For complete airline and ground transportation information, visit

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