With major completion of the renovation to the main terminal, I thought I could write a short guide to the Milwaukee airport and post it in the YX forum as the most logical location. Please feel free to respond with suggestions that I can add to the original post.
General Mitchell International Airport was named after Brigadier General Billy Mitchell. It is the largest airport in Wisconsin and the 50th busiest in the nation. It is a hub for Midwest Airlines and a focus city for Northwest. The airport is also served by Air Canada, AirTran, Allegiant Air, American, America West, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Skybus, United, USAir, & USA3000 plus vacation and charter providers. Amtrak's Hiawatha line, which offers 7 round trips daily between Milwaukee and Chicago has a stop at MKE
MKE has about 500 take offs/landings per day and serves about 90 cites nonstop or direct.
The official website is http://www.mitchellairport.com/
The phone number is 414-747-5300
Traveler's Aid desk: 414-747-5245
The main terminal has three concourses: C, D & E each with their own security checkpoint, each concourse has a least one place to eat past security, but with limited choices such as brats & pizza. All Concourses have a gift shop in the secure area.
Ticketing and check-in are on the ground floor of the main terminal, but Midwest and Northwest have self-service check-in Kiosks on the main level of the terminal, right before the security check point.
Wifi: available throughout the airport provided by Sprint. $9.95 per day or $49.95 per month (which would mean free access at all Sprint Hot-Spots) The NW WorldClub on "E" and the YX Best Care Club on "D" offer free Wifi to their guests.
M&I bank has a full service branch in the main terminal with normal banking hours, plus 2 ATM's available 24 hours per day.
Shoe shine is available in the main terminal starting at $8.00
There is a Traveler's aid desk located in the center of the main terminal staffed by volunteers, they can help with directions, maps, paging people, etc.
There are two big screen TV's located in the main terminal, usually one is tuned to the weather channel and the other to CNN Headline News.
Luggage Cart rental is available throughout the terminal, concourses and parking garage for $3.00.
There is a US Post Office vending machine available in the main terminal with a mail box
FedEx & UPS also have a drop box on the North end of the main terminal
The Billy Mitchell Pub & Cafe
in the main terminal is the only sit down/table service restaurant in the airport. Full menu with some great Wisconsin dishes: Beer Cheese Soup, Fried Perch, Wisconsin Wild Rice and other great items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ask for a table by the window and watch the activity on the runway, or sit at the large bar and enjoy a large selection of beer on tap. The restaurant is mostly decorated with Wisconsin aviation and Wisconsin sports teams memorabilia, and even has an authentic wing from a DC3!
The "food court" area in the main terminal has common seating for Burger King, Cinnabun, Pizza Hut express and Usinger's Deli
Edy's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shoppe
is located in the main terminal
has a store in the center of the main terminal, a stand at the far south end of the main terminal and a stand at the far east end of concourse D (past security)
and a Usinger's Deli and bar
are on the C concourse -past security.
Wolfgang Puck's Express
, and a Deli/Bagel Shop
are on the D concourse - past security.
Renovations have begun on the D&E concourses, and the plans include additional area for vending.
Shopping: All located in the Main Terminal, presecurity unless noted:
The Renaissance Book Store
sells new and used books. This shop has been written up in the USAtoday and other publications as one of the best airport shops in the world. It offers a huge selection of new, used and rare books and magazines. If you want to buy a large stack of books, they can even ship them home for you and thus avoid sales tax (if shipped out of state)
shop including gifts, shirts, ties, etc.
and gift shop
Milwaukee Marketplace gift shop
- everything from foam cheeseheads, Wisconsin t-shirts, Wisconsin food and wine, and other gifts. The store ceiling is a replica of the retractable roof of Miller Park, with a baseball diamond floor, the store as has several wall fountains.
There is a self-service kiosk on the south end of the terminal that sells flower bouquets for $10-20
Past security there are newstands/gift shops on C, D and E concourses
Killing Time and Exploring:
The Mitchell Gallery of Flight
is an aviation museum located on the north end of the main terminal, this free
museum has exhibits on Midwest Airlines, memorabilia of General Billy Mitchell, airplane models, coins from foreign countries that have been found in the airport's wishing well, plus many other exhibits. The Gallery of Flight museum is a great place to spend 10-30 minutes!
Check out http://www.mitchellgallery.org/aboutus/default.asp
for more information.
There is a bust and plaque just outside the museum to commemorate a visit by Charles Lindbergh back in the 1920's.
There is a full size replica of a 1911 Curtiss Pusher
aircraft hanging from the ceiling on the North wing of the main terminal. Just look up!
There is a smoking lounge
in the main terminal just south of the Billy Mitchell Cafe. There is also a smoking room
past security on concourse E
The Milwaukee Museum
maintains a changing exhibit stand on the south wing of the main terminal.
There is a Coin Racing - Gravity Wishing Well
in the middle of the South Wing of the Main Terminal. The type were two people each start a coin rolling and they race to the bottom. Fun for the kids, and a good way to get rid of excess change before security.
There is a kids/baby room
on the south end of the main terminal with toys and baby changing stations.
Huge flat screen monitors
in the main terminal that show the location and progress of all inbound aircraft to MKE Very Cool
Each concourse has it's own security checkpoint, it is not possible to travel between concourses without passing through security again. Average wait times for security is less than 20 minutes. There is an elite line for the E concourse for elite members of Northwest and Continental, and an elite line for the D concourse for elite members of Midwest. For long layovers it's no problem to exit security and explore the shops then re-enter Security. For really long layovers, the 4 Points Sheraton (a short shuttle ride away) offers a daily rate that includes access to their pool and workout rooms.
Traveling with Children
There is a family room with changing tables and play equipment geared towards kids under 6, pre-security on the south end of the main terminal.
Concourse D has a kids play area on the north wing of the hammerhead
Concourse E has a very small kids play area right next to the family bathroom.
Northwest Airlines has a World Club available to members (single day pass: $40.00), post security on the E concourse - note that Continental also uses the E concourse so members of Presidents Club can use the World Club as well
Midwest Airlines has a Best Care Club available to members (single day pass: $35.00), post security on the D concourse
There are business cubes on the north end of the main terminal, close to the USPS vending machine and drop boxes for UPS, FedEx and the Post Office
The airport has conference rooms available for rent
Wifi is available for a fee throughout the airport
Covered daily parking in the attached garage for $11.00 per 24 hours.
Surface lot parking - a short walk in the open to the terminal for $11.00 per 24 hours.
Remote parking - a 10 minute shuttle ride away for $8.00 per 24 hours
Free parking for motorcycles on the ground level of the structure; enter across from the north end of baggage claim.
There are also a handful of independent off site parking options using shuttles.
Two good locations to watch activity at the airport:
For the bird's eye view, head to the top level -6- of the daily parking garage and watch from the far North East corner, a great view!
From ground level there is a small parking lot just beyond the North fence of the airport off of Layton Ave.