Memphis International Airport (IATA: MEM, ICAO: KMEM, FAA LID: MEM) is a joint civil-military public airport located three miles (5 km) south of the central business district of Memphis, a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. Memphis International Airport is home to the main FedEx Express global "SuperHub", which processes a significant portion of the freight carrier's packages. Nonstop FedEx destinations from Memphis include scores of cities across the continental U.S., plus Anchorage and Honolulu, as well as numerous Canadian, Mexican, and Caribbean cities. Intercontinental nonstops include: Cologne, Dubai, Paris, London, Campinas, Seoul and Tokyo. The airport has aspirations to become an Airport City and aerotropolis.
From 1993 to 2009, Memphis had the largest cargo operations by volume of any airport worldwide. Memphis International Airport fell into second position worldwide in 2010, following Hong Kong, it remained one of the busiest cargo airport in the United States. Major national and international distribution facilities for Flextronics, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sharp and many others have located in Memphis largely to be near the FedEx hub.
Facilities and aircraft:
Runway 9/27 reopened for traffic on 30 November 2009 after nine months of resurfacing. The new runway has a more durable concrete surface, and opened in time for the peak of the FedEx shipping season. For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 392,883 aircraft operations, an average of 1,076 per day: 57% scheduled commercial, 34% air taxi, 9% general aviation, and <1% military. There are 110 aircraft based at this airport: 46% jet, 26% multi-engine, 19% single-engine, and 8% military. The Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) is located on the airport grounds at 3229 Democrat Road, TN 38118.
Memphis International Airport covers an area of 3,900 acres (1,600 ha) which contains four paved runways:
- Runway 18C/36C: 11,120 ft × 150 ft (3,389 m × 46 m), Surface: Concrete
- Runway 18L/36R: 9,000 ft × 150 ft (2,743 m × 46 m), Surface: Concrete
- Runway 18R/36L: 9,320 ft × 150 ft (2,841 m × 46 m), Surface: Concrete
- Runway 9/27: 8,946 ft × 150 ft (2,727 m × 46 m), Surface: Asphalt.