Memphis International Airport Notes

April 2009

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Paperless Boarding Arrives At Memphis International Airport

Travelers flying with Delta, Northwest and Delta Connection can now use their mobile devices for paperless check-in and boarding. This new service not only saves time for passengers, it also is good for the environment.

Paperless boarding uses mobile technology to create a barcode that is encrypted with a passenger's flight and security information. When passengers book their flight, they have the option to sign up for paperless boarding. The airline will e-mail a link to their phone or handheld computer that provides the barcode and flight information. When passing through security, passengers will simply scan the barcode at the new electronic readers installed at all Memphis International security points... more »

Paperless Boarding

Example of a paperless boarding pass.


Delta Moves Forward with Rebranding at the Airport

Passengers will see visible signs of the Delta-Northwest merger on their next visit to Memphis International. Delta has converted the Northwest branding in the terminal to the Delta Air Lines name. Until now, evidence of the merger has been mostly behind the scenes such as synchronizing flight schedules, aligning route maps, and integrating technologies and workgroups… more »



Air Cargo World Ranks Memphis International Airport No. 1

Memphis International Airport continued its domination of air cargo in March, when it was named by Air Cargo World magazine as the No. 1 cargo airport in North America in the publication's annual survey. Not only did Memphis International outscore all other airports in North America, it received the highest score globally across every category.

The survey measures carriers and airports on specific criteria and applies rankings to identify above or below average performance. Airports are rated by airlines on performance, value, facilities and regulatory operations… more »

Air Cargo

Memphis International No. 1 for air cargo.


Reconstruction of Oldest Runway on Challenging Fast Track

Work started in March on a $47.9 million reconstruction of Memphis International's east-west aligned runway (9-27). The reconstruction is one of the most challenging projects ever undertaken on the busy airfield.

This project is particularly challenging based on both the quantity of material needed and from a coordination and scheduling perspective. The reconstruction will take approximately 220,000 square-yards of concrete poured as a 20-inch surface pavement over several base layers. The project will be completed in a very short eight month time frame, which significantly increases the logistical difficulties… more »


Work is underway on runway reconstruction


Inbound Roadway Project Recognized for Excellence

The Airport's recently completed Inbound Roadway Project has received a City of Memphis, City Engineer's Award for Excellence. The project reconfigured the airport entrance road to reduce congestion, be more intuitive, to accommodate construction on the new airport traffic control tower and to allow future parking expansion. The new streamlined roadway and large scale landscaping is not only a more efficient approach, but has made a significant aesthetic improvement to the city's main gateway.

The award was presented to project engineers, The Pickering Firm, during Memphis Area Engineers Week. These inaugural awards by the City of Memphis were created to recognize the Engineering profession as a significant contribution to the overall health, safety and welfare of the city. The projects were judged on creativity and design elements that produced a safe and efficiently engineered project.


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Larry Cox to Speak at Airport Cities World Conference

Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will be a featured speaker at the Airport Cities World Conference later this month in Athens, Greece. Cox will share Memphis' progress in building an Aerotropolis with the prestigious audience of airport leaders from around the world. In the session titled "Around the World of Airport Cities," Cox will be joined by leaders from the Athens and Frankfort International Airports and the Beijing Integrated Free Trade Zone.

Cox's presentation centers on the community-wide approach to building Memphis' distribution and logistics leadership, outlining how Memphis International Airport's unprecedented 17 consecutive years of World Air Cargo leadership aligns with Memphis leadership in distribution by rail, roads and river. Cox will also reveal to the audience results from the new Airport Economic Impact study by the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research/Center for Manpower Studies at the University of Memphis.

Larry Cox

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


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