First Place: Brand Identity
MKE was honored for distinguishing the Airport brand in the minds of passengers, both locally and from afar. MKE’s new brand statement, launched early in 2019 as Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, more clearly identifies the Airport's geographical location. MKE’s logo was also redesigned in a more fluid and modern style. A
"The Airport's brand identity and logo were reimagined to better reflect the location of the Airport and to refresh MKE’s image in the minds of travelers," Airport Director Brian Dranzik said. “This award – from an internationally-known industry organization – shows that rebranding was the right move for us to make. It’s a true honor for MKE to receive these accolades from our peers.”
First Place: Overall Marketing Programs – Medium Size Airports
MKE's 2019 “Love to Travel” campaign injected personality into the brand and made a strong connection with passengers. Advertisements ran online, streamed on Pandora radio, were shared on social media, and were displayed on outdoor billboards. The campaign generated 7,302,344 digital impressions and 30,303,872 outdoor impressions, and the social media portion significantly exceeded industry standards.
The Airport partnered with Milwaukee-based advertising agency Boelter + Lincoln on the concept and creative elements for this year’s rebranding and the overall marketing campaign. MKE has received ACI excellence awards for the last three years running.
MKE currently offers nonstop flights to 40+ destinations coast-to-coast, and 160 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection. MKE is served by Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United. The complete list of nonstop cities can be found at mitchellairport.com.
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The Airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the Airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.