Passenger traffic is on the rise at Mitchell International Airport

MILWAUKEE -- Passenger traffic rose more than three percent at General Mitchell International Airport in June, according to a news release issued by Mitchell International Airport on Friday, August 26th.

June passengers totaled 611,001, an increase of 3.4% from the 591,145 total that was recorded in June of 2015.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele issued the following statement regarding this development:

"New nonstop routes from Frontier and Southwest helped boost our numbers, and I’m glad an increasing number of travelers from both Wisconsin and Illinois are taking advantage of the new service. Booking your travel from our hometown airport helps us recruit more airlines and more destinations, so I encourage travelers in our region to keep choosing MKE."

Southwest Airlines launched Saturday service to San Diego in June, which increased to daily service earlier this month. Frontier Airlines also launched a new nonstop flight to Philadelphia in June.

Passenger traffic for the first half of 2016 is up 3.2% from the same period last year. Year-to-date air freight numbers are up nearly 19% from the previous year.