Officials says economy to blame for businesses leaving Memphis International

(WMC-TV) - There have been some substantial recent changes to Memphis International Airport, and not all in the name of progress.

Memphis International has seen several businesses leave.

"All airports are suffering from the same dilemma," said Scott Brannon with Airport Authority.  "Fuel costs, a changing economy has affected demands of travel."

Airport officials blamed the high fuel costs on Delta Airlines' decision to pull out of several gates.  Delta is no longer operating out of Concourse C, and that decision has had a ripple effect.

Corky's in Concourse C closed earlier this month because Delta closed several gates near the restaurant.  This summer, an ice cream shop and an Arby's closed, but the airport added a Moe's Southwest Grill.

Brockman said by January, Delta will be down to 150 daily departures a day, compared to 238 by Delta and Northwest in 2008.

Brockman added Memphis could be getting new service from a Southwest Airlines/Air Tran merger, but there has been no announcement yet.

New covered parking is currently being constructed at Memphis International Airport.

Brockman said Memphis is in the same situation as everyone else.

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