Memphis International Airport Notes

February 2008

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Ground Broken on New Control Tower

In January, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and leaders from Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority broke ground on a new $61.5 million, state-of-the-art air traffic control facility. The new facility will enable Memphis' air traffic controllers to continue to provide excellent, safe and efficient service to passenger and cargo flights at Memphis International Airport and surrounding airports… more »

Ground Breaking

Ground Breaking


What does the Future Hold for Memphis International Airport?

The groundbreaking of the new air traffic control tower signifies the FAA's confidence in the continued growth of Memphis International Airport. There has been a lot of speculation in the media recently about a merger between Northwest and Delta and how it will affect Memphis. Regardless of what happens between the two airlines, there will be no immediate changes at Memphis International. However, experts believe that Memphis' central location and its meteoric rise as the country's newest manufacturing center, its moderate climate, and the airport's operational efficiency and low costs are prevailing reasons that the hub should remain… more »


New Flight Takes Off to Puerto Vallarta on Valentine’s Day

Travelers looking for a quick getaway to sunnier weather, can enjoy Northwest Airlines' new daily air service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, starting February 14. The seasonal flight will depart Memphis at 9:22 a.m. and arrives in Puerto Vallarta at 1:08 p.m. The return flight leaves Puerto Vallarta at 9:30 a.m. and will arrive in Memphis at 12:33 p.m. The air service is on an A320.




What is the Cell Phone Lot and Why Should I use It?

Are you fed up with constantly circling the Airport roadway while waiting for your friends to collect their luggage? Now you can wait in our cell phone lot for them to call you when they are ready to be picked up. The cell phone lot is a safe, convenient and free waiting lot less than a minute's drive from baggage claim.

The cell phone lot will help save you time and money, by eliminating the need to circle the airport or park in the short-term parking lot. This will cut down the congestion outside of baggage claim and help provide a safer atmosphere for passengers crossing the road with their bags.

It's located to the right of the airport entrance road in front of the Airport Radisson Hotel's parking lot.

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Important Travel News - Lithium Batteries and Passport Needs

Passengers are no longer able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage. The new federal regulation is designed to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires. Lithium batteries are considered hazardous materials because they can overheat and ignite under certain conditions. Safety testing conducted by the FAA found that the current aircraft cargo fire suppression systems would not be capable of suppressing a fire if a shipment of lithium batteries were ignited in flight. This rule aims to reduce the risk of fires involving lithium batteries… more »


Coffee on the Fly

Two new Starbucks opened last month at Memphis International. Now 'meeters and greeters' can enjoy their favorite coffee while waiting for their family, friends and colleagues in a spacious location in Terminal B's Ticket Lobby. Previously, Starbucks was only available in locations beyond the passenger security checkpoint… more »

Starbucks Coffee


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