General information about Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport Milwaukee International Airport is the largest airport in Wisconsin, which used for civil and military purposes (airport codes are IATA: MKE, ICAO: KMKE, FAA LID: MKE), situated 8 km south of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mainly serving passengers from Wisconsin state and also unofficially called as Chicago's third airport. In 2005, Amtrak railway station opened to serve trains, running between Chicago and Milwaukee a few times a day. The airport has got its name after General Billy Mitchell, who regarded as a father of the United States Army Air Force.
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport covers 882 ha, located in 220 m above. and exploits five asphalt runways ranging from 1463 to 3045 m. According to data provided by the airport, in 2019, it served 109,024 aircraft operations, the average is 299 per day. 58% of which took commercial airline, 30% air taxi, 10% general aviation and 2% military.
Ten air companies operate flights to more than 40 destinations in the USA and about 160 international destinations. Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport is one of the largest commercial airports in the property of the state of Wisconsin, and it works 24 hours seven days a week. Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport handled 6,6 million passengers in 2019.
A local businessman Thomas Hamilton founded a small airfield that in 1920 was established as Hamilton airfield. Afterward, the airport bought Milwaukee Country and on October 19, 1926, renamed to Milwaukee County Airport. The first terminal opened in 1927, and in 1929 Kohler Aviation Corporation provided the first passenger service across Michigan Lake. In 1941 the airport was renamed after Brigadier William Mitchell.
In 1945 it used as a prisoner-of-war camp with more than 3000 prisoners, and 250 enlisted men stayed at the work camp. The existing terminal was opened in 1955 and renewed in 1985 by Miller, Kenyon, Meier, Cooper Architects and Planners Inc. It was officially renamed from "General Mitchell International Airport" to "Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport" in February 2019, but the US government still uses the old name.