Memphis International Airport Notes

June 2012

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Air Service Development Program Launched

Beginning on July 1, 2012, Memphis International Airport will launch an Air Service Development Program designed to attract new non-stop service. The program offers financial incentives and fee savings to airlines that add new direct service to and from Memphis International Airport and commit to those routes for at least 12 months. The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has authorized up to $1 million in incentives for the first year of the program.

"We are in the most competitive market ever experienced for attracting the limited number of new flights and routes that airlines are launching," said Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. "With this program, we offer every airline the opportunity to add flights in Memphis and take advantage of a highly competitive incentive offer in a non-discriminatory way. Whether you are an established airline already operating flights at Memphis International or an airline interested in testing the Memphis market, you are qualified for these incentives."

Specifically, the incentives are available to all certificated commercial service passenger airlines that provide new round-trip scheduled air service between Memphis International Airport and one of the top 50 Memphis origin and departure markets five days per week or international service no less than four days per week. Airlines must have executed an Airport Use and Lease Agreement. To qualify, the airline or its code share or alliance partner(s) must not have provided the service during the preceding 12 months and, once launched, it must continue for a period of not less than 12 months.  more »


Scott Brockman Elected Chair of AAAE Board of Examiners

Memphis International Airport Executive Vice President & COO Scott Brockman has been elected to Chair the American Association of Airport Executives' (AAAE) Board of Examiners. The AAAE Board of Examiners governs the group's highly respected accreditation and member certification programs for candidates seeking professional designation as Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.).

As Chair, Brockman will lead six regional and four at-large examiners in the evaluation process for candidates, a process which includes a stringent written examination, a written paper on an approved airport management topic, and an extensive oral interview by a panel of executive members - all required to test candidates' knowledge, comprehension and understanding of airport management before receiving accreditation.

In addition to being elected Chair of the Board of Examiners, Brockman was named 2012 Airport Professional of the Year by AAAE's Southeast Chapter during its recent Annual Conference. more »



Luke Weathers Historical Plaque Unveiled at Memphis International

The life and accomplishments of Lt. Col. Luke J. Weathers Jr. (the FAA's first African-American air traffic control specialist in Memphis and a decorated pilot who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen) were recently honored with a plaque and ceremony at Memphis International Airport.

Acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta joined Rep. Steve Cohen and the Weathers family in unveiling the plaque in the Memphis Aviation History display at the east end of the terminal. Weathers died in October 2011 at age 90. more »


Fifth Annual High School Visual Arts Competition/Exhibition Awards Granted

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, through its charitable foundation, Memphis International Airport Community Foundation, and in conjunction with Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, has for the last five years sponsored a visual arts contest for local high school art students. The students are asked to create an art piece that depicts our community's music, sights and sounds. The goal is to encourage the students to value and appreciate the Mid-South's heritage and to learn more about the distinct things that make Memphis memorable.

The ongoing theme is "Memphis, Its Music, Sights and Sounds."

A total of 329 students entered the competition. The 329 were narrowed down to 45 finalists who then produced their works on canvas. Each of the 45 students received the following: art supplies; a Certificate of Participation; the privilege of having their artwork displayed in the Memphis International Airport for 12 months in the airport's passenger walkways that connect concourses A, B and C; the chance for their artwork to be printed/reproduced on store merchandise sold in gift and news shops at the Memphis International Airport; the chance to win one of two $1,000 art scholarships from Anton Airfood; and the chance to win a partial four-year renewable art scholarship to Memphis College of Art. more »

First Place: Kyle Owens, The Soul of Beale Street


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