Memphis International Airport is a public and civil-military airport. It is situated about 11 miles south-east of Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. The airport is owned and managed by Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. It serves Memphis and Tennessee regions. The airport codes are IATA: MEM, FAA LID: MEM, ICAO: KMEM.
Memphis International Airport is a hub for the FedEx Express global hub that processes the company's packages and has non-stop destinations from Memphis airport to the cities across the whole United States, South America, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. During the years 1993 and 2009, Memphis was holding the most significant cargo operations of any airport around the world and remains the busiest cargo airport in the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere.
The Capacity, Passenger Traffic, and Airlines of Memphis International Airport
Memphis International Airport averages over 80 passenger daily flights. MEM occupies 3,900 acres (1,600 ha) and has four paved runways.
According to the annual passenger traffic at Memphis, in 2007, MEM reached its peak of over 10 million passengers. The recent statistics of 2019 shows around 4,644,490 million passengers. The following Airlines are operating flights at Memphis airport: Air Canada Express, Allegiant Air, American Eagle, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Southern Airways Express, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Express, and United Airlines.
The history and the Recent years of MEM
Previously called Memphis Municipal Airport, opened in 1929 and covered 200 acres (81 ha) area. In early years the MEM had an unpaved runway and three hangers, passenger and air mailbox service, which was provided by Chicago, American Airlines, and Southern Air Lines. The April 1957 OAG shows around 64-weekday departures: 25 via Delta, 18 American, 5 Eastern, 7 Southern, four by Braniff, three by Trans-Texas, and two via Capital Airlines.
Later, in 2014, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority planned $114 million renovations and expansion of the airport. This renovation included demolishing the vacant south areas of Concourses A and C. This renovation allowed aircraft to access the larger Concourse B more quickly. In 2018, Delta Air Lines moved to Concourse A, while Allegiant Air to the Concourse C. In September 2018, the reconstruction of Concourse B started.