Memphis International Airport hits new travel record

Travel records at Memphis Int'l Airport

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Thursday afternoon, passengers were stacked up waiting to go through security as roller bags glided back and forth across the floors of Memphis International.

These are signs that things are really taking off at the Memphis airport.

“We had the ability to go nothing but up and that’s what we are doing. We just have to work really hard to do it,” said Scott Brockman, Memphis International President and CEO.

Monday marked the busiest day for 2019, according to the airport, with 9,037 people going through the TSA checkpoint.

It’s something that's only happened 10 times since 2013, when Delta Airlines closed its hub here.

Since then, airport President and CEO Scott Brockman has made it his mission to re-grow the airport.

“We are very happy with the demand the community has showed, the visitors coming to Memphis for Memphis in May and for the carriers adding seats and larger planes, more flights to accommodate that demand,” said Brockman.

Brockman says Memphis’s month-long festivities, from Beale Street Music Festival to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, always provide a boost in passengers passing through.

But this year, Memphis is catching the eyes of new travelers across the country.

“There have been a much higher level I think of awareness of Memphis. We’ve been in a lot of national publications about things to do here from a tourist standpoint. So I think we are drawing a lot more people in for that than we have in the past,” said Brockman.

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