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Memphis International Airport, air cargo, and the global economy.

* The Airports International Council cites Memphis International Airport as the world's busiest cargo airport for the past 12 consecutive years.

* In 2006, over 3.5 million metric tons were shipped through the Memphis International Airport.

* The FedEx Worldwide Headquarters and World Hub employ 40,000 people from the Memphis area.

* 2 million packages are sorted nightly at the FedEx World Hub by 12,000 employees.

* 200 aircraft at FedEx provide next-day delivery to North America and 48-hour delivery to global destinations.

* UPS's third largest U.S. cargo facility is located in Memphis, and is the carrier's only facility that is capable of processing both air and ground cargo.

* DHL also has one of its regional facilities located in Memphis.

* According to the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, 10,853,934 passengers traveled through Memphis International Airport in 2006.

* A 2005 impact study by Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis states that the Memphis International Airport has a $20.7 billion impact on the local economy.

* In 2004, the Memphis International Airport generated 166,000 jobs, 27% of the MSA's total employment.


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Date:Jun 22, 2007
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