One major key to the growth and continuing strength of Memphis is the central location that makes it an important international transportation and trade center.
Memphis International Airport, which occupies 4,300 acres, is 13 driving miles from downtown Memphis and is less than 30 minutes from all major Memphis business centers. It offers direct service to most national business centers and is one of the most efficient airports in the world. Seven major airlines and 14 regional passenger airlines serve the airport. Together they provide more than 339 flights daily out of Memphis.
Fourteen cargo airlines, including the main hub of Federal Express, operate out of Memphis International Airport, making it the world’s number one cargo airport, moving more airfreight than any other airport.
Four bridges span the Mississippi River at Memphis: the Frisco (built in 1892), Harahan (1916), Memphis/Arkansas (1949) and Hernando Desoto (1973).
The Port of Memphis is the second largest port on the Mississippi River, handling as much as 18 million tons of cargo annually. The extensive network of customers, employers, suppliers and employees stretches across the Mid-South region and forms an essential part of the economic fabric that unifies the region. With easy interstate access to the airport and its central location to inland waterways, the Port of Memphis is strategically positioned to provide a definite advantage in meeting the logistical challenges of domestic and international businesses.