Mitchell airport to make way for a new international terminal

Mitchell airport to make way for a new international terminal

General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee will host United Airlines and Air Canada in Concourse C to make way for a new international terminal.

Milwaukee Business Journal reported:

Air Canada will move to Concourse C by mid-August and United Airlines will follow in early September. Airport director Ismael “Izzy” Bonilla told the Milwaukee Business Journal about the plans in March and airport officials, in announcing the move Friday, said it is the first step of their plan to convert Concourse E into an International Terminal.

The current terminal for international flight arrivals is in a separate building and requires lengthy walks or shuttle rides by passengers.

“I’m sure our passengers and airlines will appreciate that we are taking the initial steps necessary to eventually improve the international arrival experience here,” Bonilla said. “Any traveler who has recently used our existing international facilities will tell you that we need significant improvements.”

The airport still is planning the Concourse E renovation and has not set a construction schedule. The project will involve building additional space to handle the customs, immigration and baggage areas. Bonilla in March said he hopes to complete that project by the end of 2018.

Milwaukee County officials are asking the business community, and possibly the state, to put up cash for minimum revenue guarantees to attract new flights to Mitchell, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported June 17. Service to Europe could be a prime target.

From Milwaukee Business Journal.