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Memphis International Airport | MEM

Search for flights to MEM using the search above. Alternatively, keep reading to find out more information about this airport, including its history, runway information, terminal and lounge information and airlines which fly there and where from.

About Memphis International Airport

Memphis International Airport (IATA: MEM) is a joint civil-military airport located just outside Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Although the airport operates passenger flights, its primary business is cargo operations. Between 1993 and 2009, this airport had the largest cargo operations worldwide, but dropped behind to second position after Hong Kong in 2010. Despite this, however, it remains the busiest airport for cargo in the United States, and within the Western Hemisphere. 2018 saw the airport handle 9,856,782,840 lbs of cargo and 4,419,541 passengers from 226,599 aircraft operations.

MEM was originally called Memphis Municipal Airport and was dedicated as such in 1929. The airport originally had three hangars and one unpaved runway. The airport was used in WWII by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command. The airport changed its name to its current form in 1969, 6 years after the current terminal was constructed and opened.

Memphis International Airport Location

Memphis Airport is found 11km southeast of downtown Memphis, in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. See the airport's exact location on the interactive map below:


The facilities at MEM have recently been partially renovated, leaving some parts noticeably dated.

Facilities Include:

Free Wifi

Art in the Airport


Nursing Rooms

Retail space and Best Buy Express vending machine

Food concessions

Live Music

Meditation Rooms

Postal Services

Lounges Include:

Delta Sky Club: Located in the B/C concourse connector, this airport lounge provides beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), office supplies and machines (fax etc), newspapers and magazines, snacks, TV, telephones and WiFi.


Direction Length (m) Length (ft) Surface
18C/36C 3,389 11,120 Concrete
18L/36R 2,743 9,000 Concrete
18R/36L 2,841 9,320 Concrete
9/27 2,727 8,946 Concrete


MEM currently has only one terminal, with three concourses. Under the new plan, by 2021, all flights will use concourse B, and the use of concourses A and C will cease. Currently, Concourse A has 9 gates, B has 42 and C has 18 gates.

Airlines that fly to Memphis International Airport

Air Canada Express Allegiant Air American Airlines
American Eagle Delta Air Lines Delta Connection
Aerolíneas de frontera Southern Airways Express Southwest Airlines
Aerolíneas Unidas United Express

Top Destinations

Popular Domestic Destinations

Rank Aeropuerto Pasajeros Aerolíneas
1 Atlanta, Georgia 449,670 Delta
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 224,230 American
3 Charlotte, North Carolina 190,940 American
4 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 143,650 American, United
5 Houston-Intercontinental, Texas 121,070 United
6 Denver, Colorado 116,260 Frontier, Southwest, United
7 Orlando, Florida 74,290 Delta, Frontier, Southwest
8 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 72,110 Delta
9 Dallas-Love, Texas 69,890 Southwest
10 Houston-Hobby, Texas 68,670 Southwest

How to get to Memphis International Airport

By Road

The airport is very accessible by car, with plenty of long and short-stay parking options. There are also drop off and pick up locations at the airport.

By Public Transport

There are a number of shuttle services from MEM to hotels and destinations in the city. There are also bus services which operate from Terminal C near baggage claim.

By Rental Car

A number of rental car companies operate from this airport, including Alamo, Hertz, Dollar and National.