Airport introduces daily Milwaukee flight

TRAVERSE CITY – Starting April 20, Cherry Capital Airport will begin offering daily service to Milwaukee through Skyway Airline, a subsidy of Midwest Express.

A 19-seat Beechcraft 1900-D turboprop plane will make three flights per day, with fewer flights on the weekend. Airport director Stephen Cassens says the “D” model allows passengers enough head room to walk down the aisle.

The connecting DC-9 flights out of Milwaukee offer business-class style seating, meaning there are larger seats, gourmet-type meals, china, silverware, and fresh-baked cookies.

“That service is excellent,” Cassens said.

Midwest’s service includes flights to 23 major cities. A round trip from Traverse City to Milwaukee will cost $168.

Midwest offered service out of Traverse City in the past, but it was seasonal and only one flight per day.

“The public has been really receptive to the service in the past, we just needed more flights per day,” Cassens noted.

Midwest was able to bring back the Traverse City-Milwaukee flight after moving around some of its aircraft for its Milwaukee to Chicago connection, Cassens said.

He admits that trying to accommodate another service at the airport has “created some problems.”

“We’ve been scurrying to find office space for them,” he said. “Ramp parking and gate space has been a problem as we’re getting saturated on the ramp. We’re looking at about five aircraft being at the ramp at the same time, so it’ll be tight.”

The airport’s new terminal on the south end of the airport, with access off South Airport Road, is slated to open in 2003 or 2004, Cassens said. BIZNEWS