I was surprised to hear recently that MCI handles about 11 million pax a year, while MKE handles about 6 million yearly. Without much examination, I always figured the two cities were fairly similar in population size, business and daily flights - all the reason I'm wondering why MCI nearly doubles us here in MKE.
How much does the presence of low-fare carriers such as Southwest and Vanguard with their high-frequency flights contribute to MCI, whereas MKE really has no low-fare carrier here? Does Kansas City have lots on conventions etc? Although MKE apparently attracts 600,000 pax from northern Illinois, does ORD and MDW detract much from MKE. I'm sure all these factors and more play a role to some extent.
Just wondering. Any thoughts appreciated.