Midwestindy wrote:klm617 wrote:CHI2DFW wrote:Anyone read this article:
http://www.anna.aero/2017/09/13/kansas- ... om-europe/
It's looking at total TATL.
MCI, CMH, and JAX top the list.
While not LHR, ULCC to any of these?
It's very odd that MKE was not on that list. I wonder if that's because most from MKE heading to Europe just drive to ORD adding to Chicago's numbers
From downtown MKE to ORD is 1hour-1 hour and 25 minutes, makes sense that there would be a significant amount of TATL bleed from MKE to ORD.
Various sources I've heard over the years (nothing I can find at the moment online) range from finding the "majority" to the "vast majority" of Milwaukee's intercontinental traffic uses O'Hare. Milwaukee is no slouch in business traffic generation and is home to several Fortune 500 companies with widespread international operations. To think that Milwaukee generates fewer transatlantic passengers than Knoxville, Tulsa, Grand Rapids, Syracuse and Des Moines (as the linked data table shows) is just not plausible without an explanation. And that explanation is massive bleed to O'Hare. I was a frequent business traveler for one of those Milwaukee-headquartered worldwide firms (my own position kept me primarily in the northeastern 1/4 of the country) for more than a dozen years. All of my international colleagues used O'Hare exclusively when flying to Europe, india, the MIddle and Far East. Without exception. Of course I'm a sample of one and it's not that zero people start an international journey at MIlwaukee. But I'd wager they're the minority by a large margin.
Although the drive to O'Hare is not always the most pleasant many view it as more than worth the effort and cost when it allows them to avoid a stop. Milwaukee international flights are often not priced to compete with O'Hare either, further amplifying the disadvantage.
Indy wrote:Is MKE even trying to get TATL service? You don't seem to hear much talk about it.
Indeed they are, and there has been active courting. However:
--Incentive money generally comes from the state level, and the existing administration has shown no interest in this. Milwaukee has the garden-variety incentives available such as waived landing fees, marketing money, etc. But neither the airport nor the county can pony up money for revenue guarantees or the like.
--The local business community has not made getting a transatlantic carrier a priority.
--There's nobody on the message boards especially vocal about the topic -- merits, developments, etc.
Milwaukee has received more than just polite cursory consideration from a few carriers but as of yet nothing has come of it.