Category: Public Interest

Memphis Airport Dealing With Snow, Cancellations

Around 35 flights originating at Memphis International Airport have been cancelled, according to FlightAware, a company that tracks flight operations data.
By 11 a.m. flights to Chicago, Orlando, Houston, Charlotte and Denver had been cancelled. FlightAware was showing cancellations to Washington, D.C., Dallas/Fort worth, Houston, Newark and Charlotte after 11 a.m. Passengers should check with their respective airlines frequently today, as airlines will have the most updated scheduling information.
Just after 7 this morning, traffic at Memphis International was “limited” as airlines chose to wait the winter storm out or were unable to arrive from other cities with weather-related woes.
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority crews worked overnight to keep runways open but flights were still cancelled as of 7 a.m., when large swaths of the Memphis area were still receiving snow.
Many airlines did not send flights Wednesday night as the storm bore down on the area. Those flights would have been first to leave Memphis International this morning, but airlines did not want the planes to accumulate ice overnight because de-icing in these conditions can be difficult.

“While our job is to keep the runways clear, that’s only one piece of the puzzle,” said Airport Authority spokesman Glen Thomas. “You also have to take into consideration the conditions in the air and also the weather conditions in the other city. Our crews continue to work diligently to keep operations up and running.”

On Twitter, the airport posted a picture of a FedEx plane taking off in the snow with the hash tag “dedicated.”

Speaking of FedEx, I bet the FedEx Express Global Operations Control Center, or GOC as most employees refer to it, was buzzing with activity last night and today.

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the GOC is the nerve center for FedEx Express’ global supply chain system, responsible for everything from monitoring weather conditions around the world to how much time pilots have spent in the air and what flight crews were served for lunch.

This place was fascinating. It has a massive video wall featuring 36 40-inch LED screens displaying real-time information on global weather patterns and the locations of hundreds of FedEx Express jets.

Check out this story I wrote on the GOC last year.

 

Wilson Air Expanding at Memphis International

Wilson Air Center is spreading its wings at Memphis International Airport.

Wilson Air, a Kemmons Wilson Company, has signed a 10-year lease for the former Pinnacle Airlines hangar at Memphis International, expanding its jet footprint by 30,500 square feet of prime hangar space.

The new lease will allow Wilson Air Center to expand its corporate aircraft storage capacity and sublease to others looking for additional space. The storage and office space could be attractive to a corporate flight department that may have multiple aircraft, maintenance crew and office support, said David J. Ivey, vice president of Wilson Air Center.

“During the last 12-18 months, we have seen a significant increase in companies in and around Memphis that own their own aircraft,” said Ivey in a statement.

The hangar is adjacent to Wilson Air’s main campus at Memphis International Airport and the expansion brings the company’s 25-acre campus to over 110,000 square feet of heated hangar and 50,000 square feet of shop and office support.

Van Horn leaves TV for Crye-Leike

Meteorologist Tim Van Horn has left WMC-TV Action News 5 and entered the world of real estate.

Van Horn has left the news desk behind and joined Crye-Leike Realtors on a full-time basis as an affiliate broker at the company’s Quail Hollow office.  Van Horn’s last day with WMC was on Sunday, Jan 11, and the veteran meteorologist began working with Crye-Leike on Monday, Jan.  12.

“It’s a combination of doing something that I’ve been wanting and preparing to do, a chance to help others, and see a lot more of my family,” Van Horn, who began working at the station in 1999, wrote on his blog. “I can’t lie. I am excited. I already like the new boss. It’s me.”

Van Horn will be assisting buyers and sellers in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton Counties. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

Cinematic City

CBS News posted this stunning time-lapse video of Memphis. The video, made by Jason Allen Lee, gives you a whole new perspective of life in the Bluff City. Thanks to Memphis mayor A C Wharton Jr. for pointing out the video on his Facebook page.

Memphis International Airport Lands New Flights

American Airlines/US Airways and United Airlines are adding new daily flights at Memphis International Airport this month.

United is adding a daily flight to Denver and American Airlines/US Airways will add an additional daily flight to Chicago and Dallas.

“We are excited that more options are available to our passengers looking to travel to Chicago, Dallas, and Denver,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

Including the new flights, the peak monthly flight total  in Memphis in May is 93, up from 86 in February. The new flights bring 863 more available seats for Memphis passengers. Since Delta Airlines dropped Memphis as a hub, every other airline at Memphis International has increased its number of flight options and the Airport Authority said more additions will take place in June.

“We’ve increased our available seats by 12 percent since February, and we will continue our relentless pursuit of frequent and affordable air service,” said Brockman.

 

 

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