In a significant step in its concourse modernization project, Memphis International Airport (MEM) will close its B Concourse for construction on Wednesday, April 4.
Airlines, restaurants, and retail businesses will operate out of the A and C Concourses until the project’s expected completion in 2021.
Below is a recap of the immediate changes resulting from the closure of B:
- Delta Air Lines will begin operations on the A Concourse on Wednesday, April 4. Delta will utilize six gates on A: A17, A19, A21, A23, A25 and 27.
- Allegiant will begin operations in the C Concourse on Thursday, April 5 (Allegiant does not operate on Wednesdays) and will utilize gates C2 and C4.
- The international arrival gates at B41, B42 and B43 and U.S. Customs office will remain in operation in B. Passengers will be bused to the baggage area after going through customs.
- Lenny’s Subs will move from the B Concourse to the A Concourse, near gate A23.
- A new Italian-themed restaurant, Torn Basil, is expected to open by the end of April near gate A27.
- A new Blue Moon kiosk bar will be added near gates C1 and C3 later this year.
- The airport is currently engaged in the bidding process for the B Concourse construction. The four pre-qualified prime contractors are preparing their pricing and construction teams and if pricing is within available funding, the selection is expected to be submitted to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners in June, with actual construction to begin in July.
- The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
- Ticketing and baggage will not be affected. Delta will continue to have its ticketing and baggage in B and Allegiant will maintain its ticketing in A and baggage in B.
- Security checkpoints will remain at B and C. B is the largest security checkpoint and has a lane for TSA Precheck members.
“This is a huge milestone for our modernization project,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA). “The end result will be a new state-of-the-art facility that will lead to a more efficient and ‘positively MEMorable’ travel experience for our passengers and a wonderful ‘front door’ to our community.”
The multi-year, multi-phase modernization plan will include the addition of wider corridors, moving walkways, larger boarding areas, higher ceilings and increased natural lighting. Additional amenities and concessions options will also be added. The modernization project will allow MEM to perform much needed seismic upgrades to the B Concourse.