On the heels of Memphis International Airport's new seven-level parking garage, seven of its main terminal escalators will be replaced at the cost of $1.1 million.
There's nothing like seeing the wheels going up on a big jet when heading to some cool place to work or play. But, getting there, the airport, that is, and actually making your way inside after parking and then the ticket process and then security ... well you know the routine.
So why in the world would Memphis International replace all eight escalators in the main terminal and at a cost of $1.1 million?
It seems that when these 40-year-old escalators break down, finding parts is almost impossible.
"The reason we wanted to get this info out is if we're going to be starting on the other ones, that will impact the passengers the most," said John Greaud, airport vice president of operations. "They are the ones that go from the ticketing level down to baggage in terminal A and C, and then the ones that go from baggage to ticketing in the A and C."
Of course there are other options at the airport. You have stairs at Memphis International that will always be working. You also get exercise, but you might want to make sure you travel light if you take the stairs.
For some traveling light is never an option, but you might find some lines at elevators during the change over to new escalators.
"As we take down each escalator we're going to have signs directing passengers to elevators," Greaud said. "If they choose not to wait for the elevators then there will be stairs available. Some people prefer stairs."
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