Memphis International Airport Notes

April 2010

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Memphis International Sees Increase in Security Requirements

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded the use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology at airports nation-wide in order to provide additional security.

Passengers will see an increase in the random use of ETD technology at airports across the nation within security checkpoints, checkpoint queues and boarding areas. TSA officers will randomly swab passengers’ hands or luggage and then place the swab inside the ETD unit, which then analyzes the swab for potential explosive residue. Screening swabs are disposed of after each use for health purposes.

According to the TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides, ETD technology is a vital tool in the TSA’s mission to stay ahead of developing threats to aviation security, and the expansion of ETD technology at checkpoints and departure gates increases security’s ability to keep travelers safe…more »

Delta Adds Three Non-Stop Destinations

Delta Airlines, Memphis’s Hub carrier, has added Amarillo, Texas, and Evansville, Indiana, to its list of non-stop destinations from the Bluff City. The new service brings the total to four Texas non-stop destinations that are served only by Delta Airlines out of Memphis. The others are Lubbock, McAllen, and Dallas Love Field. The airline is also restarting its service to Toronto, Canada, and will offer two non-stop flights daily…more »

Airport Authority Recognized for Excellence in Procurement

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) has become the second recipient of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Excellence in Procurement Award. Airport President and CEO Larry Cox accepted the award during the 2010 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium held last month in Atlanta.

The ACC’s award recognizes airports that demonstrate outstanding purchasing and contracting practices. MSCAA was chosen from among several other strong candidates for its open, streamlined process that works to ensure that the best qualified firms are selected for projects…more »

Memphis Rated #1 in Cargo Service

The Airlines have recognized Memphis International Airport with the highest cargo service rating in North America for the fourth time in five years. The honor was the result of Air Cargo World Magazine’s annual Air Cargo Excellence Survey, which measures both airports and airlines on specific criteria and ranks them to identify above or below average performance.

Airport President and CEO Larry Cox received this honor on behalf of Memphis International at a public awards ceremony during last month’s International Air Transport Association World Cargo Symposium in Vancouver, Canada…more »

Memphis #1 in Cargo Volume for
18th Consecutive Year

Memphis International Airport is the World’s Leader in Air Cargo volume for the 18th consecutive year according to preliminary figures released by Airports Council International, Geneva, Switzerland.

With 3,697,185 million metric tons handled in 2009, a .4% increase over 2008, Memphis widened its lead over #2 Hong Kong which had a 7.5% decrease to 3,385,313 million metric tons. More than 95% of Memphis’ volume can be attributed to FedEx, which flowed more of their shipments through Memphis last year improving their efficiency.

Memphis posted its gain in the midst of a global economic recession that peaked about mid-year and showed a dramatic drop in shipments particularly from Asia. Anticipating a strengthening economy, Memphis expects growth to improve this year.

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Parking Improvements Underway

Due to construction on the new Consolidated Parking and Rental Car Facility, long-term parking lots A, B and C have been closed. During the construction, any overflow from the 3-level parking facility, located in front of the terminal buildings, can use the Economy-West lot or the new Economy-East lot, which is opening this summer.

The new 7-level consolidated parking and rental car facility is expected to be complete in 24 months. Once construction is complete, the new parking facility will provide 4,500 parking spaces at economy prices. Rental car companies will also move on-site to the first two levels of this new facility. Click here for an updated parking layout.

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updated parking layout.

Larry Cox Celebrates 25th Anniversary
as Airport President and CEO

This month, Larry Cox is celebrating his 25th anniversary as Airport President and Chief Executive Officer. Cox has been employed by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority since 1973 and was appointed President and CEO in April of 1985.

During his time with the airport, Cox has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leader in the airport industry. His dedication and commitment to MSCAA is undeniable, and he has been credited with outstanding achievements throughout his career…more »

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