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More than two million people will get on airplanes this year at Memphis International Airport (MEM), according to projections from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.
If the airport hits the mark, it will have done it for two years in a row. The figure, though, is just for “enplanements,” people getting on airplanes. In total, airport officials said they expect to serve more than four million passengers in the year.
More than 205,000 people climbed aboard airplanes at MEM in May. That figure is up 5.4 percent over May 2017. Over the year, enplanements are up by 104,737 passengers this year over last year. Flights out of MEM were 91 percent full.
In May alone, more than 847.7 million pounds of cargo were handled at MEM, up 8.6 percent during the same time last year.
“This is good news all around for MEM and our community,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the airport authority. “Our passenger growth trends show that more and more people are traveling to and from Memphis, and the cargo growth is a crucial economic driver for the region.”