General Mitchell International Airport welcomes new director

By Freeman Staff

October 14, 2017

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced Friday that transportation industry veteran Brian Dranzik will become director of General Mitchell International Airport beginning Monday.

The airport operates as a function of the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation. Dranzik, who was appointed by Abele as Milwaukee County’s director of transportation in 2012, has been interim director of the airport since Sept. 14. Dranzik was previously interim director of the airport for nine months in 201516, when he oversaw the completion of MKE’s $40 million baggage claim remodeling project, welcomed Alaska Airlines and other new air service, and assisted with continuing the airport’s long-term planning process.

“Brian Dranzik has been a source of stability, leadership and innovation in various capacities at the airport for 14 years, which makes him the obvious choice to oversee MKE’s ongoing growth and success,” Abele said. “In just the past two weeks, we’ve announced plans for a new international terminal, launched new nonstop service to Miami, and announced the major expansion of OneJet at MKE, which will include

two new nonstop destinations and the addition of a Milwaukee operating base that will create up to 50 new local jobs.”

Dranzik leveraged the support of his network of aviation industry leaders to help carry out Abele’s vision to accelerate plans to build a new international terminal at MKE. This project will demolish the current E Concourse in 2018, which is the oldest concourse at Mitchell, and replace it with a new terminal that can accommodate multiple gates and flights, increase passenger satisfaction and comfort, and house all necessary U.S. Customs and Border Patrol services.

“I’m incredibly proud of everything we’ve accomplished at MKE over the past couple of years and am honored that County Executive Abele has entrusted me with the important task of making sure this growth is only the beginning,” said Dranzik. “I look forward to working with the county executive, the County Board, and of course, the phenomenal team at MKE. I also am excited to strengthen my associations with colleagues in the aviation industry.”