Memphis International Airport Notes

April / May 2008

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Fast Facts About Memphis International Airport

Memphis International Airport is America's hassle-free connecting hub. No, we didn't make that up. Industry studies have shown there are significant benefits to flying through Memphis. In fact, a recent article in U.S. News & World Report magazine looked at government figures and developed an Airport Misery Index, a ranking of the 47 largest airports in the United States that shows which airports have the best and worst combination of delayed flights and crowded planes. The lower the ranking, the better the airport. Memphis International Airport was ranked second best, behind San Jose International.

This ranking only reiterates what leaders at Memphis International already know - this is a great airport to fly through. We have put together a list of fast facts about Memphis International Airport which were handed out at a Memphis Regional Chamber meeting in March… more »

Fast Fact

Steps Being Taken to Improve Area Northwest of Airport

With a community-wide focus on developing Memphis as America's Aerotropolis, local business leaders realized the need to improve the area immediately to the northwest of the airport along the Brooks Road corridor. The result was the Memphis Airport Area Development Corporation (MAADC), a group of local leaders dedicated to improving the area. Since the appointment of John Lawrence as Executive Director last November, the area bordered by the airport on the east, U.S. 61 on the west and East Raines on the south has started a revitalization project with a strong focus on recruiting new business to the area… more »

Bellbrook Industrial Park has seen an increase in its occupancy since it underwent renovation.


Design Underway For New 7-Level Parking Garage

A new long-term parking garage is in the first phase of a two-phase project. The 7-level structure, which includes an underground level, will be located north of the existing garage where the current surface parking lots A & B are located. About 4,000 new spaces will be created in Phase I, with an additional 2,500 spaces planned in a future Phase II… more »

Phase I is underway for 7 level long-term parking garage. Designs are subject to change.


New Appointments at the Airport

The airport recently promoted John. E. Greaud to Vice President of Operations, Richard V. White to Vice President of Properties and Business Development and George E. Mabon to Vice President of Human Resources. Sara L. Hall was appointed Vice President and General Counsel last spring.

In his new role, Greaud is responsible for airport operations and public safety; airfield and building maintenance; and the planning, design and construction of airport facilities. White is in charge of all airport concessions, leasing, and real-estate, as well as diversity business outreach and contract compliance. Mabon is responsible for the airport's human resource services and employee development programs. Hall handles the airport's legal matters and government affairs.

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From left to right: George Mabon, Sara Hall, Richard White, John Greaud


Larry Cox Speaks at Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition

Larry Cox, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, spoke on Thursday, April 10, at the Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition in Dallas / Fort Worth. Cox spoke about Transforming America's Distribution Center into America's Aerotropolis. His presentation looked at how combining geographic, historic, business and political attributes with an environment of community partnership sets the stage for Memphis International and the city of Memphis to emerge as the definitive American Aerotropolis.

Larry Cox

Larry Cox, President and CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority


Walter Cathey Named Manager of the Year

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division has named Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority's Walter E. Cathey, its "2007 General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year" for the entire Southern Region which is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands… more »

Walter Cathey


Airport Statistics Highlights


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