Memphis International Airport Notes

October 2010

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Proposed Merger with AirTran
Would Bring Southwest To Memphis

Southwest Airlines plans to purchase AirTran Airways in a $1.4 billion merger deal that could likely bring additional non-stop flights to Memphis International Airport. AirTran currently has four daily Memphis–Atlanta flights. If the acquisition by Southwest is approved by the government regulatory agencies and the airline stockholders, it would bring Southwest to Memphis for the first time.

Memphis International’s low costs and efficient operations make it an attractive option for both new airline entrants to the local market and expansion by existing carriers. Since the two airlines’ route systems have no overlap in Memphis, we could see them adding five or six additional cities from Southwest’s route system after they join forces.

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MEM’s First Full Body Scanner Installed

The Transportation Security Administration has installed the first Advanced Imaging Technology device at the Terminal A security checkpoint, replacing the older technology magnetometers that only scanned passengers for concealed prohibited items made of metallic materials.

The advanced imaging technology is designed to bolster security by safely screening passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats including weapons, explosives and other objects that might be concealed under layers of clothing. It strengthens TSA’s ability to protect the air traveling public in the face of evolving threats to aviation security…more »

American Increasing Service

Memphis passengers flying south for the winter will have another choice of flights starting November 18 when American Airlines adds a second Memphis-Miami flight. The flight is a seasonal addition that will be operated by their regional partner, American Eagle, through April 4, 2011, using 50-seat Embraer jet aircraft.

Schedule for the new flight is:

Flight Number

Departs MEM

Arrives MIA

AA # 3685

6:10 a.m.

9:35 a.m.

Flight Number

Departs MIA

Arrives MEM

AA # 3682

8:40 p.m.

10:15 p.m.

FedEx Express’ President & CEO
Holds Up Memphis As The Model Airport

In an interview with Airlines International Magazine, David Bronczek, FedEx Express President & CEO, and the new chairman of the International Air Transport Board of Governors (IATA), said that Memphis International Airport is the global model for how airline / airport relationships should develop.

Memphis International Airport continues to be an industry pace setter for partnering and collaborating with the airlines on airport operations and financial management. MEM’s historically tight spending controls and maximization of non-airline revenues to minimize the airlines’ costs are guided by the principles of predictability, sustainability, and flexibility.

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Delta Offering Flight Booking
Thru Facebook

Delta Air Lines is leading the pack on the social media front by being the first airline to offer flight bookings through the Facebook internet networking site. With customers spending so much time online, this gives them a new way to connect. According to Delta, Facebook is the most used website by Inflight WiFi users on their flights.

Delta’s Ticket Window allows any of Facebook’s 500 million users to complete a full travel booking using a dedicated “tab” at without navigating to Then, with a simple click, you can share your travel plans with selected friends…more »

Grants Awarded For Improvements
to General Aviation Airports

General DeWitt Spain Airport and Charles W. Baker Airport, the Airport Authority’s two general aviation airports for non-commercial aircraft, have received grants totaling a combined $485,250 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division to fund planned improvements over the next 12 months.

Both Baker and Spain airports will receive upgrades to their security system, pavement repairs, and replacement of some grounds maintenance equipment…more »

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