According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the new Amazon distribution facility in Kenosha played a role in Alaska's choice of Milwaukee:
The new Amazon.com distribution center being built in Kenosha along !-94 was one of the factors that led Alaska Airlines to add nonstop service in Milwaukee, an airline spokeswoman said.
Alaska said Tuesday it is expanding its partnership with SkyWest Airlines by adding daily nonstop service starting July 1 between Seattle and Milwaukee.
Seattle-based Amazon is developing a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution complex in Kenosha that eventually will employ more than 1,500 people. The complex is about 30 miles south of Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport.
Airline industry-watchers said Milwaukee airport officials had been actively putting word out in the air travel industry and pitching airlines about the possibility of either expanding or adding Seattle service here.
Southwest Airlines, the market share leader at Mitchell International, already flies nonstop to Seattle from Milwaukee.
Alaska Air, which has a reputation as a well-run, profitable airline, wouldn't have added the service if it didn't think it could succeed, airline industry-watchers said.
The new Amazon facility in Kenosha presumably will result in more fliers on the route.
"...It was one of a number of drivers in our decision," Bobbie Egan, spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines said in an email. "The travel patterns of our business customers definitely factor into our new market decisions. Amazon is a key client for us."
The site of the distribution center is 27 miles from MKE
and only 47 miles from ORD
where Alaska already flies. It's actually within the northern fringe of the official Chicago metro area though a good deal closer to Milwaukee. So Alaska already flies fairly close to this facility. But it's good to see them come to MKE