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MKE in the media: Milwaukee airport ups and downs, July-August 2011

Passenger growth at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) rose again in May, then declined for the first time in nearly two years of steady growth, while ticket prices continued to rise.

The Milwaukee Association of Commerce's June report showed the the first decline in air passenger use of Mitchell Airport in 22 months, the Milwaukee edition of the reported.

Meanwhile, ticket prices there have continued to rise since the beginning of the year, according to the Milwaukee edition of the Business Journal reporting at the beginning of August from U.S. Department of Transportation figures. Fares rose 12.1 percent to an average of about $280, one of the largest increases nationwide. Yet MKE still has lower-than-average fares, the article stated.

According to a Harris Interactive survey of over 2,000 adults who fly, commissioned by Mitchell Airport recently, 92 percent prefer "alternative airports," such as MKE is to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports, mainly because of lower airfares and reduced stress,