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.