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New airline expected to make its way to MEM

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A big announcement about a new low-cost airline coming to Memphis International Airport is expected on Tuesday.

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is being very tight-lipped about which airline could land in the Bluff City.

Two years ago when former Memphis City Councilman Jack Sammons became the airport authority's board chairman, he inherited an airport that used to have more than 200 flights every day in 2008. Seven years later, there are only 72 daily flights, which come with the 12th highest fares in the country.

"I am in continual discussions with our friends at Southwest, JetBlue, Allegiant, Spirit, and others," Sammons said in 2012.

After the merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines pulled back most of its flights and its hub status in Memphis. Since then, Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines both moved in.

Many suspect that JetBlue is the next airline to make its way to Memphis. Memphis airport leaders did meet with the company about one year ago.

"JetBlue is a great airline," Sammons said in January 2014. "Like Southwest, they are very customer focused and I expect they will come at some point."

Last Thursday, JetBlue tweeted, "We love our friends in Memphis! No plans to fly there yet..."

Due to confidentiality agreements, no one can confirm or deny until the announcement on Tuesday.

WMCActionNews5.com plans to stream that announcement live at 10:15 a.m. Log onto WMCActionNews5.com or download the WMC Action News 5 news app to watch the live stream.

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