Traffic increased at Mitchell International in May

Passenger traffic up through first five months of 2016

The number of passengers traveling through Mitchell International Airport increased 2.7 percent in May.

More than 570,600 people flew through Mitchell International compared to 555,810 in May 2015, the airport said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Much of the increase was due to new flights from Frontier Airlines, which added nonstop service from Milwaukee to Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth in April,” the statement read. “The growth at MKE is expected to continue this summer. Frontier launched a new nonstop to Philadelphia earlier this month, and Southwest Airlines will expand its weekly San Diego service to daily service in August.”

Passenger traffic at Mitchell international has been up through the first five months of this year. Compared to statistics for the same five-month period in 2015, traffic is up nearly 3.2 percent from 2.68 million to 2.77 million.

“Airlines are responding to increased demand because more passengers are choosing MKE for their air travel,” said Airport Director Izzy Bonilla. “That’s really the key to getting more flights – choosing your hometown airport as your departure point.”

Mitchell has nonstop flights to 37 locations in the United States and passengers can reach 160 international destinations from Milwaukee with one connecting flight.

“New nonstop flights, combined with MKE’s existing robust marketing efforts, are successfully drawing more passengers from throughout the region,”said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “Airlines are growing their presence at MKE, and I’m pleased that the Milwaukee market is responding well to these new nonstop flights.”

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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