Memphis airport –with the IATA code MEM- is the main international air terminal serving Memphis in Tennessee, United States of America. Despite it is known and trusted as a global cargo hub, Memphis International airport handles an average of eighty flights operated by major airline companies every day, most of them to and from other US airports.
Its convenient location less than 12 kilometres south of downtown Memphis makes it the perfect gateway into Tennessee for both tourists and business travellers, while also favours those who, regardless of the purpose of their trip, decide to make a mandatory stop along the way to honour the King by visiting Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis. His mansion and museum lie just 10 minutes away from the airport terminal by car.
Memphis airport facilities
MEM airport consists of a single terminal building divided into three concourses –A, B and C– for passengers to do their flight check-in, spend the wait, shop and dine if they wish and finally board their plane. While concourse B accommodates the Sky Club lounge for Delta frequent flyers in Memphis, the public and restricted zones of all three areas are superbly equipped with accessible free wireless internet all throughout, ATMs, ReadyCard kiosks, defibrillators, shops, restaurants, trendy coffee franchises such as Starbucks or Cinnabon, parking spaces and restrooms. Some of these services integrate adapted access and features for vision-impaired and handicapped travellers.
Transportation to and from Memphis airport in Tennessee
Travelling to your accommodation after landing in Memphis International airport should not take you long due to its proximity to the centre, and thanks to the variety of transport options available, you are very likely to find one that suits your travel budget and needs.
If you arrive and are not yet sure about which the best way to go from Memphis airport to the city is, head over to the Ground Transportation Center one level down from Baggage Claim; there, you would be able to check out the rental car offices, the official taxi service, the limousine companies operating here or even get an Uber or Lyft ride, which are currently legal in this city.
However, in case of already having a reservation to stay at a hotel in downtown Memphis, you might want to confirm whether they will provide you with courtesy airport transfers, as most of them normally do. There is a well-signposted specifically designated area for hotel shuttles to pick up guests arriving at the airport, but bear in mind that you probably need to call them first to let them know your plane has landed on time (or not).
Lastly, a less smooth yet probably the cheapest transport option from MEM is public bus line 64, run by the MATA City Bus company. In order to purchase your ticket and get on it, you will find its ranks right opposite the baggage claim area of concourse C.
Find flights to Memphis in USA
Most air routes to Memphis airport in Tennessee start in other airports within the USA, sometimes as part of a long-haul journey originating overseas, other times as a short domestic trip or vacation. Aside from seasonal flights operated by Allegiant from Oakland, by Delta from Orlando and by Frontier from Philadelphia, the detailed below are some of the main regular or scheduled air routes to and from Memphis all year round.
-Toronto Pearson to Tennessee by Air Canada.
-Los Angeles and Las Vegas to MEM by Allegiant Air.
-Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis St Paul to Memphis airport by Delta.
-Charlotte, Dallas Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Miami, New York La Guardia, Washington National and Chicago O’hare to Memphis by American Airlines or American Eagle.
-Denver to MEM by Frontier Airlines.
-Flights from Nashville and El Dorado by Southern Airways Express.
-Baltimore, Chicago Midway, Dallas Love, Houston Hobby and Tampa to Memphis by Southwest Airlines.
-Memphis to New York (Newark) by United Express.
-Pittsburgh to Memphis by Via Air.