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I think the growth of Memphis International Airport (MEM) deserves its own topic. Let's start with some more good news:

Airport hits record for origin, destination

https://dailymemphian.com/section/business/article/10482/tourists-affordable-fares-pump-up-memphis-airport

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Memphis International Airport reported more than 5% growth in passengers in 2019 and a strong start to 2020 with a 7.7% increase in security screenings in January.

Full-year national numbers weren’t available yet, but the Memphis airport appeared to grow slightly faster than the U.S. average.

It was believed to be a record year for passengers who were originating trips in Memphis or whose final destination was Memphis.

Airport officials said arrivals and departures totaled 4.64 million in 2019, a 5.09% increase and the fifth consecutive year of passenger growth. They previously reported flights increased 10.1% and the number of filled seats on those flights were up 9.5%.

 

The airport is undergoing a $245 million modernization of its Concourse B, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2021:

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Animation of the new concourse:

 

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Overall, the renovation looks like it will be great! I don't like the moving walkways being elevated and I have concerns about the ceiling, but will be much higher, which is great

Here are a few updated pics from 2 weeks ago of the B renovation 

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The renovations at the Memphis airport are badly needed. The terminal was old with low ceilings and narrow corridors.  MEM needs to attract more more nonstop destinations and grow the current 81 average flights per day.  MEM had 4.5 million total passengers in 2019.  In contrast BNA had 18.3 million passengers for the same year. . 

The biggest problem MEM now faces is declining cargo traffic.  Last year cargo volume dropped 3.4% largely due to Amazon dropping FedEx for its deliveries.  Rumors have been circulating on Wall Street that Amazon may acquire FedEx. 

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On 2/8/2020 at 11:05 AM, dxfret said:

The renovations at the Memphis airport are badly needed. The terminal was old with low ceilings and narrow corridors.  MEM needs to attract more more nonstop destinations and grow the current 81 average flights per day.  MEM had 4.5 million total passengers in 2019.  In contrast BNA had 18.3 million passengers for the same year. . 

The biggest problem MEM now faces is declining cargo traffic.  Last year cargo volume dropped 3.4% largely due to Amazon dropping FedEx for its deliveries.  Rumors have been circulating on Wall Street that Amazon may acquire FedEx. 

Amazon will never aquire Fed Ex Amazon recently started shipping with Fed Ex again.  They just cut the shipping out during the holidays most likely to see if they had expanded their fleet enough to keep up with demands.

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Contour Airlines seems to be hinting at a Memphis - Indianapolis route based on this graphic released last week when it announced a few new routes

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About all MEM seems to get is hints of new air service routes from small carriers with irregular service. 
Where are the nonstop flights to the important business cities that lack service from MEM?  Like  Raleigh/Durham, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle?

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On 2/8/2020 at 11:05 AM, dxfret said:

The renovations at the Memphis airport are badly needed. The terminal was old with low ceilings and narrow corridors.  MEM needs to attract more more nonstop destinations and grow the current 81 average flights per day.  MEM had 4.5 million total passengers in 2019.  In contrast BNA had 18.3 million passengers for the same year. . 

The biggest problem MEM now faces is declining cargo traffic.  Last year cargo volume dropped 3.4% largely due to Amazon dropping FedEx for its deliveries.  Rumors have been circulating on Wall Street that Amazon may acquire FedEx. 

In 2000, MEM was at 11,769,213 passengers, compared to the 4,644,490 last year.  These numbers, including's Nashville's 18.3 million, include connecting passengers too.  The reason for the Memphis decline was the merging of Northwest with Delta, causing Memphis to get "dehubbed."  Now there's a lot less passengers connecting through Memphis.  Memphis was previously ahead of Nashville, but in 2011, Nashville surpassed Memphis for passenger traffic, and has exploded since.  They are not a hub for Southwest, but Southwest dominates BNA, accounting for 54% of Nashville passengers.  

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Delta is slowly but surely returning big-name routes to MEM. It will begin daily nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport in October: https://dailymemphian.com/article/11232/memphis-international-airport-boston-nonstop-flight

The airline discontinued the route in early 2014.

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32 minutes ago, VSRJ said:

Delta is slowly but surely returning big-name routes to MEM. It will begin daily nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport in October: https://dailymemphian.com/article/11232/memphis-international-airport-boston-nonstop-flight

The airline discontinued the route in early 2014.

Granted, it's on a 76-seat aircraft initially. If the demand for the Boston flight grows, a larger plane will be necessary.

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