MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – It’s been a long time coming, but on Tuesday passengers will finally be able to take flight from the all-new concourse at Memphis International Airport.
In a few hours, a Delta Airlines flight will arrive at this concourse, a project that costs approximately $245 million. The first flights will take off on Wednesday.
If you’re not a fan of aviation, the new lobby at Memphis International Airport is full of modern features that will enhance the experience.
The first thing you’ll notice is all the extra space that’s been added. If you’ve ever left this airport, you’ll know that it can be quite cramped, especially during holidays.
The hall also includes:
- Increased natural lighting
- New and improved dining/retail options
- Children’s play area
- Stage for concerts in the Rotonde district
- Additional lounges
- Additional charging stations
Regarding ticketing, check-in and security screening, this will always take place in terminals A, B and C.
A second security checkpoint at Terminal C will also be available for periods of heavy traffic.
All in all, this hall will make waiting for your flight much more comfortable.
No local tax dollars will be used to fund the modernization project. Funding came from general airport tax obligations, state and federal grants, passenger facility fees, and other authority capital funds.
Thanks to this hall, 23 gates are available to airlines, which can accommodate around 6 million passengers, or around 50% more traffic.
And there are already hopes for even more expansion in the future by making improvements to the west leg of Concourse B, which contains around 15 additional gates that could increase capacity to almost 11 million annual passengers.
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