Milwaukee, WI - The smell of warm chocolate chip cookies filled Mitchell International Airport Wednesday morning when the re-booted Midwest Express Airlines landed in Milwaukee for the first time in nearly 10 years.
“We’re all very excited and thrilled to see the strides that Midwest Express is making on its return here to Milwaukee where Midwest Express belongs,” Brian Dranzik, airport director, said.
Midwest Express operated out of the Milwaukee airport from 1984 through 2010, serving 26 years here, but in 2010 the airline was purchased by Frontier and the name and service went away until now.
“Today is a big day, and it’s a big day for Milwaukee. It’s a big day for the traveling public,” Greg Aretakis, president of Midwest Express, said.
With a fresh paint job and a new color scheme, Aretakis said Midwest Express is excited to start operating and the initial routes. It'll serve just three destinations —Grand Rapids, Mich., Omaha, Neb. and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Service out of Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport is expected to start later this year.