Snow Causes FedEx Hiccup

Date: 2018-02-01
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Memphis International Airport saw little impact on passenger flights from a winter storm early Jan. 16, but FedEx’s cargo operation experienced disruptions that could affect deliveries.

The airport urged travelers to monitor flights because of weather-related disruptions across the U.S.

A dozen flights to and from Memphis were canceled, including flights to Houston, Atlanta and Dallas, airport officials said.

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest North American for-hire carriers.

All Memphis runways were open, and no major delays of passenger flights were reported, after crews worked through the night to keep runways clear for safe arrivals and departures.

A 'behind the scenes' look at our crews working to keep the airfield clear and safe for air travel during this winter weather. #avgeeks #memsnow #flymemphis 1/2 — Memphis Airport (@flymemphis) January 16, 2018

More: A 'behind the scenes' look at our crews working to keep the airfield clear and safe for air travel during this winter weather. #avgeeks #memsnow #flymemphis 2/2 — Memphis Airport (@flymemphis) January 16, 2018

“Still, the situation is fluid and since this weather is impacting many cities across the U.S., passengers should check frequently with their airlines before traveling today. Airlines rather than the airport will have the latest info on particular schedules,” Memphis airport spokesman Glen Thomas said.

Flight information is available at, an online flight tracking site, reported more than 4,000 U.S. flights canceled or delayed Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Memphis airport’s major tenant, FedEx, issued service alerts related to the storm.

Severe weather affected flights and sorting at FedEx Express’ world hub in Memphis and secondary U.S. hub in Indianapolis. FedEx said delays were possible for express shipments committed for delivery on Jan. 16.

An earlier alert said some service delays and disruptions could be anticipated for inbound and outbound shipments in Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

FedEx said customers should check the status of their shipments at or call 1-800-GO-FEDEX.

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