Memphis International Airport Notes

April 2012

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US Airways Celebrates Nonstop Service Between Memphis and Washington, D.C.

Local, state and federal elected officials and dignitaries joined US Airways on March 26 to celebrate the carrier's new nonstop, three-times-a-day service between Washington National and Memphis International.

With an Uncle Sam stilt-walker mingling through the crowd, patriotic balloons and signs proclaiming, “To DC and back in a day,” the mood was one of excitement and anticipation.

Arnold E. Perl, chairman of the board of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, served as master of ceremonies for the event. In his comments, he pointed out that this would be a day that Memphis travelers would long remember as the morning that air service for Memphis again went into a building and expansion mode. “Today, thanks to US Airways, you can now travel from your house to the White House and back again in one day.” more »


 

Arnold and Mary Lynn Perl Parkway Unveiled

Memphis International Airport and Memphis community leaders gathered on April 9 for the official unveiling of the signage designating the honorary naming of Plough Boulevard as Arnold and Mary Lynn Perl Parkway. more »


 

Memphis International Featured in Local and National Business Media

Memphis International Airport has recently been featured in two business magazines. Together these two features highlight the leadership that Memphis plays in international aviation and in the business of successful airport management.

A feature story in Business Facilities magazine looks at the global emphasis on airport cities and the concept of “aerotropolis,” focusing on the role Memphis is playing in this emerging trend. The eight-page story examines aviation and its impact on communities around the world, including the development of airport-centered communities in the Far East and Middle East. But, the centerpiece example of aerotropolis leadership is Memphis International, with more than a quarter of the entire article dedicated to what is happening in Memphis. more »


 

 

FedEx in the News

Memphis International Airport’s leading cargo customer has recently been in the news for its leadership in reducing dependence on petroleum-based fuels. A profile piece produced by Minnesota National Public Radio that ran during NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast on April 2, highlighted the leadership in the use of electric and hybrid vehicles, along with its interest in bio-fuels and natural gas. FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith was interviewed for the report. A transcript of the more than 5-minute report is available at: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/npr.php?id=149703488.  more »


 

Eat Barbecue at the Airport — One of Memphis’ Top 365 Things to Do

It is official, at least according to the I Love (Heart) Memphis website; eating barbecue at Memphis International Airport is #93 in the ongoing list of 365 things to do in Memphis. I Love Memphis is the popular all-things-Memphis blog by Kerry Crawford. Kerry works full time for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau as their social media specialist, so the site is both her passion and her job. That doesn’t mean her feelings aren’t genuine, however. As Kerry states, “I choose what to post about, and all of the opinions here are my own.” The post about Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue ran on April 2. To read the post, visit: http://ilovememphisblog.com/2012/04/eat-airport-barbecue.

 

Airport Statistics Highlights

 

February 2012

February 2011

Year-to-Date 2012

Year-to-Date 2011

Total Passengers

533,474

        640,806

1,082,328

1,330,405

Total Cargo Handled (lbs)

701,347,132

665,888,589

1,388,466,509

1,334,119,788

Total Aircraft Operations

22,482

24,592

45,216

50,682

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

 

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