Memphis International Airport Notes

April/May 2006

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Memphis International Airport Receives Two Industry Accolades for Cargo

Memphis International Airport is still flying high above the rest when cargo is involved. The Airports Council International (ACI), Geneva, ranked Memphis International Airport as the world's number one airport for cargo for the 14th consecutive year. According to preliminary rankings released by ACI, Memphis International Airport handled 3,598,500 tons of cargo during 2005, slightly more than the 3.55 million handled during 2004.

Memphis maintained its lead over Hong Kong, which handled 3,437,050 tons during 2005. Other U.S. airports in the top 10 for cargo include Anchorage, number three; Los Angeles, number seven; and Louisville, number 10… more »

Memphis International Airport Receives Two Industry Accolades for Cargo


Northwest Announces Additional Service Enhancements

In an ongoing effort to heighten customer satisfaction Northwest Airlines has introduced several new service enhancements. A new Coaches Choice Seating program, and the addition of exclusive code share agreements with Hawaiian Airlines and Midwest Airlines to their WorldPerks frequent flyer program mean more travel choices for Northwest customers.

The Coaches Choice Seating allows passengers who prefer extra leg room to purchase preferred seats on aisles and exit rows in coach class for $15 per flight. Seats are available 24 hours prior to departure. To purchase preferred seats visit check-in or Manage My Reservations. Click on My Seat Selection to select and purchase a Coach Choice seat. Or, go directly to the airport and purchase a Coach Choice seat at a self-service check-in kiosk.

Coach Choice is a test product available anywhere in the United States. Only 5 percent of seat assignments will be saved for Coach Choice so check-in early for more choices… more »

Northwest Airlines


Continental Named Most Admired

In another airline development, Continental Airlines has been named the most admired U.S. airline in FORTUNE Magazine's America's Most Admired Companies airline industry list. Continental ranked number one in several key categories, including quality of products and services, quality of management, innovation and social responsibility.

The rankings are determined in a survey of industry analysts, boards of directors, and corporate and airline executives. The survey looks at eight areas: quality of products and services, quality of management, innovation, social responsibility, financial soundness, employee talent, use of corporate assets and long-term investment value.

From Memphis, Continental offers seven daily flights to Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and three to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Continental Airlines


Airport Connector Road Renamed Jim McGehee Parkway

The Airport Connector Road from Plough Boulevard south of Winchester Road to the Airport has been renamed Jim McGehee Parkway in honor of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Chairman Emeritus.

The renaming of the roadway will be a lasting testament to McGehee's contributions to the growth, development and success of Memphis International Airport. McGehee served as Chairman of the Airport Authority from 1981-1996. While he was chairman, McGehee helped set much of the airport's infrastructure in place, including laying the groundwork for the two-mile "World Runway" completed in 2000.

Jim McGehee Parkway

Jim McGehee Parkway
Memphis International Airport


Passengers Won't Be Singing the Blues at the Blue Note Café

Passengers don't have to leave the airport to enjoy the sultry sounds and atmosphere of the blues music Memphis is famous for. The Blue Note Café with its dramatic lighting and blues club décor is reminiscent of the Beale Street blues joints from days gone by.

A live music stage is back-dropped by a mural portraying an all roads lead to Memphis theme, painted by Dr. Bob, a famous artist from the Mid-South's Blues Alley. Local performers will periodically take the stage during busy passenger times. Memphis memorabilia lines the walls providing a glimpse into the cultural heritage of Memphis' music… more »

Blue Note Café

Blue Note Café
Memphis International Airport

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Spotlight on Memphis International Airport in Airport Magazine

Memphis International Airport was featured in a two-page spread in the February/March issue of Airport Magazine. The article focused on the Airport's successful year in 2005, its $20.8 billion impact on the Memphis area and the unveiling of new restaurants and concessions. The article also included four color photos of the new rotunda and a quick facts sidebar.

Airport Magazine is a trade magazine that covers national events affecting airport operations and passenger segments of the industry.

Airport Magazine


Airport Statistics Highlights


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