Midwest to resume some Milwaukee service

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Competition in Milwaukee will heat up between Midwest Airlines and AirTran Airways as Midwest resumes seasonal service to Fort Myers, Florida on 20 December after having dropped the city pair last month.

The move comes after Midwest cut mainline and regional flying at General Mitchell International airport while AirTran has been bolstering its Wisconsin offerings.

Midwest will use 76-seat Embraer E-170 and 99-seat Boeing 717 aircraft on the route, which will be offered daily through 4 January. Reduced service will be available through 19 April.

AirTran offers five flights weekly on the city pair and will increase service to thrice daily during Christmas and spring break, an AirTran spokeswoman says.

The carrier has been increasing Florida offerings from Milwaukee after Midwest nixed routes including Fort Lauderdale on 8 September. AirTran will offer that city pair effective 20 November.

Midwest today switched Milwaukee-Orlando flights to seasonal service, but AirTran will up Orlando, Tampa and Las Vegas frequencies next month.

Midwest Connect regional jet service to Baltimore also ended last month, whereas Baltimore became a year-round destination for AirTran on 4 September. AirTran also added a second nonstop between Baltimore and Milwaukee on 7 October.

While Midwest has been cutting Florida and Maryland capacity, the carrier will boost frequencies to Green Bay, Wisconsin and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota on 2 December.