Southwest Airlines, which acquired AirTran Airways on May 2, 2011, making the combination Mitchell Airport's largest airline, recently announced the pilots of the two operations have reached an agreement, subject to board approval by their unions and members.
The agreement between the the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union that represents the AirTran Airways' pilots, and the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), the union that represent's Southwest Airlines' pilots, centers around a plan to merge the seniority lists of the two groups, according to Southwest's written statement.
So far, the number of Southwest and AirTran flights serving MKE has increased, since the merger, the Associated Press news agency reported last month.
As the negotiations unfolded, Milwaukee officials and travelers expressed doubts combining the airlines would benefit business at Mitchell Airport, though the CEOs of both companies predicted the deal would boost Milwaukee's economy in the long run.
But the most recent news published on Mitchell Airport's website indicates MKE's pattern of steady growth has continued.