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Airport authority chair: 'It might get worse before it gets better'

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(WMC-TV) - Things may get worse before they get better at Memphis International Airport, but the new chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority says things will get better.

Jack Sammons has been the chairman for barely two months but he already sat down with Delta CEO Richard Anderson to talk about the airlines in the Bluff City.

"The meat cleaver is out of the room," he said. "I don't think they're going to be trimming as many flights as they were."

Sammons met with Delta's top boss, Richard Anderson, for more than an hour Wednesday.

"He'd mention that we'd have a place at the table and we can continue to communicate with them and as long as we can do that we can plan," explained Sammons.

Sammons says the plan or trend in airports across the country is the growth in low cost airlines like Spirit , Jet Blue, and Southwest.

It is Southwest that is set to officially come on board in Memphis in August.

"It might well get worse before it gets better Andrew, but it will get better," promised Sammons.

The term "better" means more flights and lower airfares.

Sammons says they cannot dictate what an airline charges but he and the airport staff are working diligently to change the current conditions.

"I think we'll see more diversity in the color of airplanes out there but this is hard work and it doesn't happen overnight," he added.

After several years of cutbacks and soaring airfares, airport leaders are hopeful that positive change is about to land at Memphis International Airport.

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