MEM Recognized for Outstanding Snow & Ice Control Performance
Memphis International Airport was one of six commercial airports recognized at the recent International Aviation Snow Symposium for its dedicated efforts in keeping the airport in safe and operational condition during the difficult 2010-2011 winter season.
Memphis had a total of 9.5 inches of snowfall for the season compared with an average of 5.3 inches in recent past years. However, the airport was never closed to aircraft operations due to snow or ice.
MEM competed against 60 other airports that were nominated for the Balchen/Post Awards at the 45th Annual symposium sponsored by the American Association of Airport Executives. The other winners were all from the snow belt in the northeastern U.S.
The award selection committee included representatives from Air Line Pilots Association, Regional Airline Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Business Aviation Association, Federal Aviation Administration, and Department of Defense.
A snowstorm can cost an airline a lot of lost revenue from flight delays and cancellations, and cost travelers a lot of extra time and inconvenience. However, the airport can help minimize these impacts by having strategic plans and efficient operations to cope with frozen precipitation.