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Expanding Air Service and Competition Continued Focus for Memphis and the Airport Authority

As several recent local articles and as the reaction to a recent Rotary presentation by Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Chairman Jack Sammons would indicate, attracting more airline service and competition remains a primary agenda item throughout the community. From an overall community standpoint, the Mid-South Air Service Task Force, an organization formed by 15 regional mayors and civic leaders, has launched a feasibility study and a new website ( in its efforts to improve air service and pricing. The website includes a survey for citizen input. The feasibility study to be conducted by Campbell-Hill Aviation Group LLC will provide recommendations to the task force on how to address the issues of fares, service and competition. more »

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Memphis Airport Authority Joins in Celebrating FedEx’s 40th Anniversary with an Ad in the Special Issue of Memphis Magazine

The April issue of Memphis Magazine, now on newsstands, features a special section celebrating the 40th Anniversary of FedEx. The special section features historical photos, excerpts from Memphis Magazine’s 1978 cover story on FedEx, quotes and comments from FedEx CEO Fred Smith from over the years, and plenty of information on how the company was founded and prospered over 40 years.

Also included in the special issue are many well-wishes to the company in the form of advertisements. As a partner with FedEx in Memphis aviation excellence, the Memphis Airport was proud to add its own celebratory ad. Perhaps nothing is more personal for an organization than its identity logo. So, in celebration of FedEx, the airport’s ad features a FedEx plane as a part of the highly recognized airport “flying music note” graphic.


Electric Charging Stations Added to MEMpark Parking Services

The Airport has added 10 new electric vehicle charging stations on level five of the Ground Transportation Center, next to the elevators. The stations should be ready for use by May 1. Two of the stations are allocated for handicapped parking. The stations, GE DuraStations, enable fast Level II charging of vehicles in four to eight hours. The plugs are standard J17-72 connector plugs. A Vacuum Fluorescent Display screen shows greetings, instructions and messages, and LEDs display status of the charging station as Green for Active; Blinking Green for vehicle connected, not charging; Amber for Charging; Red if a fault occurs and manual reset is required.  The stations also have an Auto shut- off feature. more »


Helpful Vehicle Location Reminder Developed for MEMpark Economy Parkers

You have a lot on your mind when you arrive at the airport for a flight. That is why Memphis International Airport developed a convenient Parking Locator Card for those using the five levels of economy parking at MEMpark. The picture-based cards, located in the elevator foyer on each floor of the Ground Transportation Center, are another tool in creating the most convenient, affordable and customer friendly parking experience for passengers.

The MEMpark Economy Parking Locator Card features an artist’s rendering of each floor and each row, so all the parker has to do is circle the spot where they have parked, knowing they will be able to easily locate their car when they return. The Locator Card also features images of the terminal levels and the phone number of parking assistance. more »


Ground Transportation Center Recognized in First “Building Memphis Awards” Program

The Airport Authority was an honoree in the Memphis Business Journal’s inaugural Building Memphis Awards program for its new Ground Transportation Center (GTC) which consolidated rental car operations and public economy parking into one functional and customer-centric facility adjacent to the passenger terminal.

Building Memphis is a broad commercial real estate recognition program designed to pay tribute to projects that have created a positive community impact in the areas of investment, new jobs, environmental leadership, renovation or revitalization. more »

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Safety Enhancement Project Underway

If you fly in or out of Memphis International Airport this spring and early summer, you may notice a construction project at the end of one of the runways. In early March, work began on the installation of an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the south end of Runway 18R/36L at Memphis International. An EMAS uses crushable concrete placed at the end of a runway to stop an aircraft that overruns the runway. The runway safety-area work is expected to be completed by mid-summer. Funding for the enhancements comes in part from a $31.8 million Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant to be used for runway safety, pavement and security projects.

Initial earthwork and demolition of old runway approach light foundations was the first step in the EMAS project at Memphis International.

Initial earthwork and demolition of old runway approach light foundations was the first step in the EMAS project at Memphis International.

Airport Statistics Highlights

February 2013 February 2012 Year-to-Date 2013 Year-to-Date 2012
Total Passengers 357,722 533,474 736,781 1,082,328
Total Cargo Handled (lbs) 694,398,509 701,347,132 1,464,732,981 1,388,466,509
Total Aircraft Operations 18,312 22,482 38,223 45,216

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