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Frontier Airlines Service Returns to Memphis in March 2014

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and Frontier Airlines have announced that the Denver-based airlines will once again provide air service to the Memphis International Airport beginning March 2014. Frontier’s service in Memphis will feature four weekly nonstop flights to Denver, and opens up connections to 12 different western cities, including San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Portland.

“This exciting announcement from Frontier Airlines is the beginning of a new era of affordable airfare choices for our passengers,” said Jack Sammons, Chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “I am confident Frontier’s direct service to Denver will be warmly embraced by passengers in our region.” more »

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UPS Expanding Operations at Memphis International Airport

United Parcel Service (UPS) has negotiated a lease with the Airport Authority for 1,171,586 square feet of Airport property for an expansion of its sorting and outbound freight facility. The lease will include an option for an additional 1,025,317 square feet of space. The cargo airline currently occupies 3.9 million square feet on the east side of the airfield. Detailed facility design will occur following final execution of the lease. more »

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Memphis International Airport and Leipzig/Halle Airport Form Strategic Alliance

Memphis International Airport and Leipzig/Halle Airport in Saxony, Germany, have formally agreed to a partnership that will feature an exchange of information and best practices between the two entities. The two airports signed a memorandum of understanding in a formal ceremony at Memphis International in September.

In the most recent rankings by Airports Council International, Memphis again ranks as North America’s #1 cargo airport and the #2 cargo airport in the world, second only to Hong Kong. Liepzig/Halle Airport is Germany’s second-largest and Europe’s fifth-largest cargo airport. more »

Markus Kopp, CEO of Leipzig/Halle Airport (left) and Scott Brockman, COO of Memphis International Airport (center) formally sign the agreement while Michael Czupalla, District Mayor of Northern Saxony looks on.

Markus Kopp, CEO of Leipzig/Halle Airport (left) and Scott Brockman, COO of Memphis International Airport (center) formally sign the agreement while Michael Czupalla, District Mayor of Northern Saxony looks on.

Airport K-9 Unit Has a lot to Bark About

The Airport Authority’s K-9 Unit excelled during its annual certification evaluation conducted recently by the Transportation Security Administration.

The Authority’s Police Department has participated in the National Explosive Detection Canine Team Program since 1990. Officers attend 10 weeks of training at Lackland Air Force Base located in San Antonio, TX, before receiving canines. The teams are then required to pass an extensive annual evaluation to remain certified. Their work days are spent patrolling and protecting Memphis International Airport by sniffing for explosives in a variety of situations inside and outside the terminal, as well as clearing vehicles and support equipment that will transport dignitaries. more »

K-9 Officer Mario DeGraff and Sara

K-9 Officer Mario DeGraff and Sara

Memphis Symphony Serenading Air Travelers for Another Season

A new season of Memphis Symphony Orchestra ensemble concerts has begun, giving a delightfully “MEMorable “ travel experience to passengers at Memphis International Airport. A mixture of string and woodwind ensembles will perform eight concerts in the 2013 / 2014 “Arts in the Airport” season from October thru May.

The groups serenade passengers from noon to 1:00 pm in two locations; near the B security checkpoint and in the rotunda of concourse B. more »

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MEM in Rollout of American’s First New Airbus-319 Aircraft

Memphis International was one of the four initial routes from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport that American Airlines has selected to serve with its new A319 aircraft. American began retiring the aging MD80 aircraft on these routes last month and will have replaced them on all four of their daily MEM – DFW flights by the end of October.

“Everything about the new A319 aircraft has been designed with the customer at the center,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. more »

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Airport Emergency Plan Exercised in Staged Event

Months of careful coordination and planning went into staging a full-scale mass-casualty aircraft drama that was conducted last month at Memphis International Airport. The Emergency Drill which included more than 1,000 participants was held to exercise and evaluate the emergency response capabilities of area fire, medical, police and airport personnel. More than 150 of the participants acted as passenger victims made up with injuries typical in an aircraft accident. These included student volunteers from Bethel University, Baptist College of Health & Science, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation, and Southwest Community College.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all commercial airports to hold a live drill at least once every three years to review performance under their FAA-approved emergency plan. more »

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Memphis International Airport is “In the Pink”

Memphis International Airport is all aglow in the color pink this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

The seven-story air foil (airplane wing- shaped) front of the new ground transportation center will be lit up in pink lights the entire month of October in recognition of the fight against this disease. more »

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New Seismic Improvements also Serve Artistic and Customer Service Functions

Fourteen sheer walls that will provide re-enforcement to the airport’s upper inner drive during an earthquake were given an artistic design to make them more visually attractive and put to a practical use by incorporating a bench for customers waiting at curbside for their ground transportation. more »

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Airport Statistics Highlights

August 2013 August 2012 Year-to-Date 2013 Year-to-Date 2012
Total Passengers 435,942 595,875 3,299,364 4,875,084
Total Cargo Handled (lbs) 794,833,436 762,921,993 6,012,904,917 5,829,434,374
Total Aircraft Operations 20,744 23,382 157,676 186,300

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