Memphis International Airport Notes

June 2010

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Memphis International to Host 2011
Airport Cities Conference

Memphis International Airport officially became the host for the 2011 Airport Cities Conference & Exhibition (ACE2011) during this year’s gathering held recently in Beijing, China. The official designation was given to Memphis during a formal ceremony in which the Chinese hosts presented an engraved silver telescope to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. at the close of the 2010 Conference signifying the group is looking toward the future conference in Memphis, April 11-13, 2011. The ceremony included enthusiastic invitations from Mayor Wharton, Airport Chairman Arnold Perl, and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau President & CEO Kevin Kane, promising that ACE2011 will be an event to remember in terms of productive business and Southern hospitality…more »


Brockman Installed As Association Leader and Recognized For His Industry Contributions

Scott Brockman, Executive Vice President and COO of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) was elected as President of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. The vote occurred at the 2010 Annual Conference hosted by MSCAA at the Memphis Downtown Marriott & Cook Convention Center. The event was attended by some 245 Association members and representatives from related businesses…more »



Continental Now at Terminal C

Continental Airlines has relocated its ticket counter and baggage claim space from Terminal B to Terminal C at Memphis International Airport. This consolidates all their operations – ticketing/check-in, aircraft boarding gate, and baggage claim into the same terminal. Bringing all their services into closer proximity to one another has improved customer service.

Continental serves Memphis with six flights to Houston and three to Newark.



Airport Hosts 3rd Annual
Student Art Exhibition

Memphis International Airport is displaying the third installment of its annual student art contest. The theme is “Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds.” The large and colorful museum-quality original paintings were created by 45 visual art students from Memphis City and Shelby County Schools and adorn the walls of the Airport’s busy passenger connectors between Concourses A, B, and C.

The exhibition was the inspiration of Richard White, the Airport’s Vice President of Properties and Business Development, whose quest was to encourage the community’s students to value and appreciate the artistic heritage of their City. The project has created a valuable ongoing collaboration and partnership with the schools and has revealed to Memphis and travelers from around the world the depth of talent and potential in our City’s young people…more »




300th Tree Planted in Plough Boulevard Landscape Program

The 300th tree was planted in a ceremony on June 2 on Plough Boulevard at the entrance to Memphis International Airport celebrating the completion of Phase I of the Airport gateway landscape improvements. Phase II will continue this fall with the addition of hundreds of additional trees planted along the corridor. The improvements are part of the Plough Boulevard Landscape Master Plan initiated by the Aerotropolis Gateways and Beautification Committee as its first priority project for furthering the Aerotropolis Plan. The project was made possible by a $1.6 million investment by the City of Memphis.


Photo L to R: John Moore, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber; Harold Collins, Chairman, Memphis City Council; Arnold Perl, Chairman, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority; Dr. Shirley Raines, Chair, Gateway & Beautification Workgroup, Aerotropolis Executive Committee; Kemp Conrad, City Councilman;
Jim Covington, Vice President, Logistics, Greater Memphis Chamber

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Airport Gives WWII Veterans Honorable Send-Off for a Very Emotional Trip

The Airport gave a local group of 31 WWII veterans and their families and friends a patriotic send off on a trip to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. in May. As the group entered the terminal they were greeted by flag-waving employees; red, white and blue balloons; a band playing patriotic music; and a color guard formed by Patriot Guard motorcyclists…more »


Memphis International Selected Top 5
for Fancy Fast Food

Jaunted, a website associated with Condé Nast Traveler magazine, has named Memphis International as one of the top airport locations for filling up on fancy fast food.

Specifically, it is Memphis Bar-B-Que that captured the taste buds of the writer.

The travel blog article stated:

“More than Just Meat In Memphis
Many cities claim that their barbecue is the best, but Memphis might just be telling the truth when they make that claim. Sure there are plenty of options outside of the airport, but if you’re stuck with a connection and an empty belly, there’s no better place to turn than Interstate Bar-B-Que within the Concourse B Rotunda at Memphis International Airport. Ribs, brisket, and pork shoulder are just some of the smoky saucy treats available to enjoy. Make sure you have a decent layover before digging in, because this is a place best enjoyed at a table within the terminal rather than a tray table within the plane.”…more »




Airport Statistics Highlights

 

April 2010

April 2009

Year-to-Date 2010

Year-to-Date 2009

Total Passengers

802,155

816,239

3,013,944

3,053,724

Total Cargo Handled (lbs)

713,357,384

659,819,439

2,812,081,211

2,589,087,663

Total Aircraft Operations

27,867

28,733

108,196

112,616

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

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