MILWAUKEE, WIS. (November 12, 2013) – Even us GA pilots have to take the airlines from time to time, and when we do, Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) fares remain a bargain compared to the nation’s average fares and those of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
“According to newly-released DOT statistics for the second quarter of 2013, average air fares in Milwaukee are $26 below the national average and $37 less than O’Hare. There are good deals to be had at Mitchell,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “Our average fares have been lower than O’Hare’s for six years now.”
Mitchell Airport is the only airport in Wisconsin or Illinois with service from all of the major domestic carriers. Mitchell’s lower fares, combined with its ease of use and lower parking costs, continue to draw passengers from throughout northern Illinois.
MKE features nonstop service to 36 destinations coast-to-coast, including Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Southwest is the largest carrier there, and its flights can only be found at Southwest.com. MKE is also served by Delta, United, US Airways, American, AirTran, Frontier, and Air Canada. International charter service is available via Funjet Vacations and Apple Vacations to six destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Barry Bateman – a general aviation pilot, himself – is airport director overseeing both Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport and Timmerman Airport. Signature Flight Support serves general aviation at Mitchell International, and Gran-Aire, Inc. serves general aviation at Timmerman. In addition, Cessna Aircraft Company has a Citation Service Center at Mitchell International.