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Airport officials make cuts in effort to bring in new airlines

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It is impressive driving up to Memphis International Airport with the new gleaming face of the parking garage as the first sight. It is impressive driving up to Memphis International Airport with the new gleaming face of the parking garage as the first sight.
There were plans for the high-speed scanner, paid for mainly with a grant but costing $1 to $2 million to operate each year. There were plans for the high-speed scanner, paid for mainly with a grant but costing $1 to $2 million to operate each year.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - In an effort to expand and bring new airlines to Memphis, airport officials are making cuts – even to security.

"I love this airport. the parking is great. It's nice and new the restaurants are really nice," said traveler Judy Morris.

It is impressive driving up to Memphis International Airport with the new gleaming face of the parking garage as the first sight.

One new thing the airport will not have is a high-speed baggage scanner. It would have replaced smaller scanners used by TSA agents when passengers check their baggage.

There were plans for the high-speed scanner, paid for mainly with a grant but costing $1 to $2 million to operate each year. With Delta pulling out as a hub passenger, traffic is diminishing.

Airport Board Chairman Jack Sammons said the annual cost cannot be justified, especially since it would be passed on to the lower cost airline carriers the airport is trying to attract.

"We want Memphis to be low cost operation airport so that Southwest, Jet Blue, Frontier and other low costs frequent flyers come to Memphis," he said.

Sammons said any criticism of the $122 million parking deck and rental car facility is unjustified, because even without Delta there are still about the same amount of people using the parking facility.

"Parking is a huge revenue source for airports," said Sammons.

This new parking facility is a crowd pleaser.

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