Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Cohen Announces $5.3 Million Grant for Memphis International Airport

May 31, 2017
Press Release
Federal funding will be used for the modernization of Concourse B

[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority received a $5,331,003.00 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for multiple modernization improvements of the terminal Concourse B required to meet design requirements and installation of energy efficient materials. This grant funds phase 2 of design and completes the design of the project. It also funds phase 1 of 5 of construction and includes mobilization and required demolition. The multiphase, multiyear modernization plan includes passenger-friendly additions such as moving walkways, wider corridors, larger boarding areas, higher ceilings and natural lighting.

“It is critical that Memphis International Airport continue to invest in renovating its facilities and services so it remains a world class airport,” said Congressman Cohen. “These new federal funds will be used to ensure Concourse B will be modernized with state-of-the-art, energy efficient materials to improve the travelling experience for Memphians.”

Memphis International Airport is a world-class facility that today serves more than 4 million passengers per year. Dedicated in 1929 as the Memphis Municipal Airport with just two major carriers, the airport now hosts several national carriers as well as the FedEx “Super Hub.” Memphis International has grown into the busiest cargo airport in the country, and is the second busiest in the world —behind only Hong Kong.