MIAMI – Issues at Memphis Light Gas and Water are causing havoc at Memphis International Airport (MEM), forcing it to shut down all passenger flights.

The utility service issued advisories to customers earlier this week to boil water. Today, water delivery has been interrupted by water main breaks due to low temperatures. In a news release, the airport says that water pressure dropped Thursday night to levels that made service to customers infeasible. Restaurants, restrooms, and airline services were primarily affected.

In that light, airlines have cancelled all passenger flights. Cargo operations will remain, according to a report on WMCactionnews5.com.

Airport CEO Comments


“This is a last resort for MEM,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “A passenger airport cannot function without a safe and dependable water supply, which we do not have at this time.”

“Our staff is committed to providing a safe, sanitary and secure operation. We hope that MLGW is able to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

A news report from fox13memphis.com can be seen here.

MEM is FedEx’s World Hub. Back in 2019, the cargo company announced a US$450m investment for a total investment of US$1.5bn at the airport. According to Google, the top airlines at MEM (2019-2020) are:

RankAirlineShare
1Delta Air Lines (DL)21.22%
2American Airlines (AA)18.62%
3Southwest Airlines (WN)10.56%
4Republic Airways (YX)7.50%

Airways will have more on this story as information comes in.


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