Mitchell airport sees steady start to 2014

Special to The Freeman

April 15, 2014

MILWAUKEE – General Mitchell International Airport reported steady passenger traffic during the first two months of 2014.

According to a statement, traffic was down 1.5 percent in January, compared with the same month last year, and up 1.1 percent in February. That follows a 3.5 percent increase in December, which is the first monthly passenger increase since May 2011.

The statement attributed January’s decrease to extreme weather across the U.S., which grounded 49,000 flights and delayed 300,000 others throughout the nation.

Mitchell saw traffic grow rapidly in 2009 and 2010. Traffic peaked in 2010 and then started to decline as flights were cut and airlines merged. In 2013, traffic was down 13.2 percent.