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"Memphis officials lobby for more non-stop international flights"



Monday, July 31, 2000

Local officials lobby for more non-stop international flights
Memphis (TN) Business Journal


The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Memphis/Shelby County Airport
Authority want to see more people leaving Memphis -- on non-stop
international flights.

The two groups mailed out a survey questionnaire recently aimed at gauging
the business community's want and need for more international flights into
and out of Memphis International Airport. Questions on the survey deal with
how often local business people travel overseas and where they go most
often.

Chamber officials say that the results of the survey will be presented to
Northwest Airlines at its headquarters in Minnesota this fall.

"We've always thought Memphis needed more flights and so has the airport
authority," John Threadgill, chief accounting officer at the Chamber, says.
"Its just a matter of convincing the decision makers at the airlines that we
need more flights,"

The only international flight out of Memphis is the a daily Northwest
Airlines/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines non-stop flight to Amsterdam.

Chamber officials hope that the new World Runway under construction at the
airport, coupled with the expansion connecting service by Northwest with the
addition of a fourth bank of daily flights, will help create more passenger
traffic to feed additional international flights.

The survey is a way of potentially adding more icing to the airline's cake
by showing that local need is strong too.

"There's no doubt in my mind that Memphis can support more international
flights," Threadgill says.

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