Wisconsin leads nation in airline capacity losses

With a 17.3 percent loss of seats over the past 12 months, Wisconsin is leading the nation in air service cutbacks over the past year. Milwaukee Mitchell has seen more than 20 percent of its seats evaporate since last year’s Spring Break season, when the airport’s low fares and high passenger demand left all of its parking consumed, along with Park & Ride facilities for miles around.

Wisconsin’s drop in capacity compares to much smaller declines of 4.9 percent in Michigan, 2.4 percent in Minnesota and 1.6 percent in Illinois. All of Wisconsin’s eight commercial airports have seen cutbacks. La Crosse, Green Bay, Wausau and Eau Claire have seen double-digit losses in capacity along with Milwaukee.


It’s something else to think about when you hear that tagline of how “It’s working” over the next couple of months.


Memory Lane —

Mitchell was one of the fastest-growing airports anywhere less than a year ago:


Spring Break 2011 at Mitchell filled all available parking on and off site:



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