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J.W. Gibson Appointed to the Airport Authority Board

Native Memphian, entrepreneur, and former Shelby County Commissioner, James Wesley Gibson, II, commonly referred to as J.W., has become the newest member of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners.

Gibson is CEO of Gibson Companies, a group of organizations that includes The Premier Group, a medical supply and equipment distribution company; Southeast Regional Development Corp, which focuses on property development and affordable housing; and Tec-Print, a commercial printing firm.

Gibson has long been deeply involved in the Memphis community and brings to the Airport Board both a history of business success and political experience. He is a man of action and achievement who often says that he’s bullish on Memphis and dedicated to improving the community for all its citizens and keeping business local when possible. He is an involved advocate of minority business, and has served as President of the National Minority Medical Supply Association and in the Mid-South Minority Business Council’s Partnership Program. more »

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Frontier Airlines Adding Washington, DC Service

Ultra low-cost airline, Frontier will expand its service from Memphis International in September with four flights a week to Washington Dulles Airport. The service will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

After a long absence, the carrier returned to the Memphis market in March with service to Denver four times a week. Due to strong initial bookings, Frontier soon announced an upgrade to daily service that begins this month.

“This is a key development in our efforts to expand our frequent and affordable air service at MEM,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “Washington, DC, is one of our most popular destinations, and these flights provide our passengers with a new low-cost option.”

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Southwest Doubling MEM-HOU Service

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will add a second flight from Memphis to Houston Hobby Airport beginning November 2 as part of its nationwide expansion.

A previously announced second flight between Baltimore and Memphis began this month.

“Southwest has made a significant impact on our ability to offer frequent and affordable air service,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “We are excited about Southwest’s continued expansion at MEM and the new options available to our passengers.”

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Airport’s 7th Annual High School Art Competition Winners Selected

Each year, the Annual Memphis International Airport Community Foundation High School Visual Arts Competition/Exhibition is one of the highlights and most competitive events for young artists in high schools throughout Shelby County. Now in its seventh season, the competition and exhibition celebrates and promotes Memphis’ legendary culture and shows the promise of Memphis’ newest generation of artists through the theme of “Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds.” For 2014, a total of 273 students answered the call to draw inspiration from Memphis’ culture thru the music, sights, and sounds they experience and to build from that by using their imagination, creativity and individuality to personally express what they view as positive, progressive, and constructive about their hometown. more »

A Mid-Summer Day in Memphis by Qui Mei

A Mid-Summer Day in Memphis by Qui Mei

Airport Statistics Highlights

April 2014 April 2013 Year-to-Date 2014 Year-to-Date 2013
Total Passengers 301,243 411,740 1,126,579 1,583,091
Total Cargo Handled (lbs) 788,089,721 720,785,193 3,115,564,680 2,962,394,160
Total Aircraft Operations 18,172 19,649 70,487 78,064

For the full statistical report on Memphis International Airport, click here.