Policy Change at Memphis International a Draw for New Airlines

Policy Change at Memphis International a Draw for New Airlines

A new airline could soon be landing at Memphis International Airport. The board that runs the airport voted Tuesday to modify its incentive program as talks with a new airline heat up.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A new airline could soon be landing at Memphis International Airport. The board that runs the airport voted to modify its incentive program as talks with a new airline heat up.

After years of declining air service at MEM, the head of the airport board says a new airline is very interested in flying into Memphis.

The Airport Authority board voted to modify the airport's incentive program, which was created to lure airlines to Memphis. The change means an airline would have to commit to 4 days a week of service, down from the old requirement of 5 days.

Jack Sammons, the board chairman, said the board opted to hold a special meeting because the airline wants to "move quickly" with this new service. "The domestic airline industry has shrunk considerably in the last decade," he said. "We are adapting to a new environment in our relentless pursuit of frequent affordable air service."

"You do whatever you have to do to put yourself in the right business position to be able to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves," added Scott Brockman, Chief Operating Officer for the Airport.

While airport leaders would not name the airline with talks still in progress, they said they hope this move fosters further growth at Memphis International.

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