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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 (www.flymidsouth.org) 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.

Meanwhile, new Authority Chairman Jack Sammons continues to work with the airport management to both aggressively attract new service and to share the airport story with all who will listen. At a recent Rotary presentation, Sammons openly addressed all issues and outlined the search for a full-time recruiter for new air service and airport public information chief in hopes of stemming a tide of public disapproval over service cuts and high fares. Sammons has also been featured in articles and interviews with virtually all major Memphis publications about the situation and the approach.

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