Mitchell Airport Extends Streak as Low-Fare Leader

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – November 12, 2013 – Air fares at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport 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, also known as MKE, 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’s route map 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 at Mitchell Airport, and its flights can only be found at

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.

“Mitchell Airport has a wide variety of nonstop flights to business and vacation destinations coast-to-coast, and I encourage travelers to take advantage of our low fares and easy travel experience,” Airport Director Barry Bateman added.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, 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.