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Mitchell Memo October 2014

Lots of New Routes Opening Up!

Southwest Airlines is increasing service on its nonstop routes from MKE to New Orleans and Ft. Lauderdale, while Frontier Airlines has announced new non-stop service to Orlando and Ft. Myers.  Last month, Southwest launched its new Milwaukee-Cancun nonstop service.  We celebrated in the gate area with dancers from Escuela Vieau School.  Check out the next article for more ideas on how to escape cold weather this winter.

Avoid the Next Polar Vortex

This week’s chill reminds us that winter will arrive soon, but warm destinations are just a short flight away.  Southwest and Frontier are offering new routes from MKE this winter.  Southwest alone will offer 33 nonstop departures to warm weather destinations on Saturdays during Spring Break, while Delta will serve Cancun and Orlando nonstop from MKE.  Including Frontier’s new Orlando and Ft. Myers flights, we’ll have up to 20 nonstops to Florida in a single day.

Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Funjet Vacations and Apple Vacations are offering an exciting mix of nonstop flights to destinations like Cancun, Cozumel, Ixtapa, Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta, and Punta Cana.  Whether it’s a quick getaway or an extended vacation, MKE has plenty of exciting vacation options to help travelers avoid another “polar vortex.”  Visit our route map at mitchellairport.com.

So Different, You'll Hardly Recognize It!

Phase one of our new Baggage Claim opened to the public on September 3, and all flights are now using the new area.  The renovated area is much more bright and inviting, and the new carousels will help your luggage arrive more quickly!  The entire project will be completed next year.  Check it out the next time you’re here.

Overcoming Your Fear of Flying

Do you know someone who is afraid to fly? Help your friend or loved one overcome that fear and travel the world! We're now accepting applications for our next "Overcoming Your Fear of Flying" class. The 5-session course begins October 4th.  The course fee is $250 and includes an airline flight!  Click here for more information.

Flying International from MKE?

If you have enrolled in Global Entry, your next international arrival into MKE will be streamlined, thanks to the installation of two Global Entry kiosks.  The kiosks allow registered trusted travelers to receive expedited U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing in our International Arrivals Terminal.  Mitchell Airport offers six non-stop destinations to Mexico and the Caribbean, and the Global Entry kiosks make the return to MKE much easier.  To sign up, visit cbp.gov.

New Branding for Southwest & Frontier

Have you seen the new corporate branding for two of our airlines?  Southwest and Frontier both changed their corporate symbols and aircraft paint schemes earlier this month.  Southwest’s features a colorful heart for their planes to symbolize that “without a heart, it’s just a machine,” while Frontier chose a retro look for their aircraft.  Look for these new aircraft paint schemes the next time you’re at Mitchell Airport!

MKE Trading Cards Now Available

If you like to collect airport memorabilia, you might want to stop by to pick up our free MKE Airport Trading Card.  Airports Council International launched the series of trading cards to promote air travel and airports!  MKE and 16 other airports throughout North America are participating, so you can collect them as you travel.  Our MKE trading card is available at the Airport Information Desk while supplies last.  Click here for the complete list of participating airports.

Renaissance Books Makes 10 Best List

USA Today recently showcased Renaissance Books, the unique used book store located in Mitchell Airport’s Concession Mall, as one of the ten best book stores in the nation.  As quoted in the article, CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg says MKE is “not only one of my favorite airports, but one of my favorite book stores."

50 Years Since the Beatles Invaded MKE

On September 4, 1964, the Beatles landed at Mitchell Airport, which was stop #12 on their first concert tour in the United States.  The group flew on a four-engine Lockheed Electra operated by American Flyers.  Due to large crowds at the passenger terminal, the aircraft parked on the military ramp at what is now the 128th Air Refueling Wing.  Photo provided by the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin, Sheboygan County Airport.

Treating Our Customers Right

Congratulations to Jim from CPS Parking for the outstanding service he provides to our passengers every day.  We honored him with our Customer Service Award for September.  You can nominate any employee who works at MKE on mitchellairport.com.

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