By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 24, 2021 at 10:28 AM

Expect to look up and see Spirit Airlines' bright yellow jets above Brew City as the airline will begin daily nonstop service from Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport to Orlando, Las Vegas and Los Angeles in June.

Airline and airport officials announced the news in a press conference this morning at Mitchell Airport.

"We’ve had our eye on Milwaukee for a long time, and we’re excited to bring our unique value proposition to the Brew City,” said John Kirby, VP of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines.

"It’s a win-win because our Badger State Guests will get to enjoy convenient nonstop service to popular destinations, and Spirit frequent fliers can experience Milwaukee’s great festivals and sports scene and enjoy fun outdoor activities just in time for summer."

The Los Angeles route will be the only nonstop option from Milwaukee.

The new routes, with brand new Airbus jets, will lift off on June 24.



“We know that Milwaukee residents love to travel, and adding a new airline provides even more opportunities to connect with friends, family and business partners in other states,” Airport Director Brian Dranzik said.

“Spirit’s legendary low fares will make it even more affordable for people from all walks of life to fly to and from Milwaukee.”

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Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.