Much has been discussed about our flight options (or lack of) at the Memphis International Airport. Delta has been the target recently of many attacks on the costs and limitations we have for flights in and out of our city. Bashing Delta might be a catharsis for some but the reality is, Delta “owns” Memphis. Delta owns the financing of Pinnacle Airlines. Mark my words: Pinnacle is headed to Minneapolis. Richard Anderson has some real estate to fill and by the way, he’s working on his plan to build up New York, Atlanta and, guess where else? Minnesota. All Delta has to do is convince the credit committee (who will make a recommendation to the bankruptcy court) that the Minneapolis pie is sweeter than ours and BAM! The judgment will be in favor of the best financial deal for Pinnacle long term. Delta gets their new tenant in Minneapolis and Memphis is left holding the bag—a big one. So, in light of this, I’ve been doing some research and talking to some people (like lawyers, accountants, bankers, etc.) and here are the real questions we should be asking (in no particular order):
These are the questions we should be asking. This is public money. This is our tax money at work for the few in charge and that must change. The problem is not that Delta is “doing Memphis.” The problem is that they can. Weigh in. Be a change agent for transparent government and honesty. We need all the help we can get. And if there are payoffs, and under the table deals, they should be exposed. #MEMfly!
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