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Congressman Cohen's letter asked the newly merged airline to expand its services to Memphis – citing Delta's absence, and a chance to join a newly competitive market. Congressman Cohen's letter asked the newly merged airline to expand its services to Memphis – citing Delta's absence, and a chance to join a newly competitive market.
If one Memphis congressman gets his way, it could mean more flights for Memphis – creating more competition and better prices for everyone. If one Memphis congressman gets his way, it could mean more flights for Memphis – creating more competition and better prices for everyone.
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(WMC-TV) - If one Memphis congressman gets his way, it could mean more flights for Memphis – creating more competition and better prices for everyone.

In a letter to US Airways and American Airline executives Monday, congressman Cohen asked them to consider their presence in Memphis. This comes after Delta announced major cutbacks at the airport. While this is only a letter, it is getting a good reaction from travelers.

"When we left Memphis there was a thunderstorm. So we were delayed getting to Atlanta to our connecting flight. And there were very few flights, so we actually got delayed," said traveler Robin Christensen returning home from Spain.

The journey was not easy. Christensen and other travelers wound up in Paris instead of Spain because Memphis did not have enough available flights.

Airport Officials said this is just one of the many reasons they support Congressman Steve Cohen's outreach to other airlines.

"It's a vibrant community with well over a million people in this MSA. And airlines are businesses that are seeking a profit, and if they see an opportunity to make a profit here, they'll bring air service," said Memphis International Airport Authority chairman Thursday Jack Sammons.

Congressman Cohen's letter asked the newly merged airline to expand its services to Memphis – citing Delta's absence, and a chance to join a newly competitive market.

"We anticipated that Delta may indeed make some of these cuts, it's unfortunate. But we're not gonna just sit back and say, 'Shucks, look what happened to us.' We're gonna try and get in front of the parade and lead it," said Sammons.

Airport officials said they expect some sort of announcement in the coming months about the future of Memphis International Airport and possibly new airlines.

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