US-based commercial construction company Flintco has secured a $122.58m modernisation contract for the construction and redesign of Memphis International Airport’s (MEM) B Concourse.

Flintco was selected for the project by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) board of commissioners.

As part of the modernisation project, the board has also awarded another $32m contract to Aero Bridgeworks for the construction of new jet bridges.

Construction work at the airport will commence in September and is scheduled to complete in early 2021.

The project will cover the modernisation of stem and southeast leg of the B Concourse. It will also increase the number of gates at the concourse to 23 to accommodate three million enplanements.

“This is a huge milestone as the reinvention of MEM becomes a reality. The end result will be a revolutionary new travel experience for Memphis passengers.”

The airport is also planning for another modernisation phase for the west leg of the B Concourse to include 15 more gates. This will increase the capacity for nearly 5.5 million annual enplanements.

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Other features to be added to B Concourse as part of the project will include higher ceilings, increased natural light, wider corridors and larger gate areas, additional seating and moving walkways and other additional amenities.

The project also covers the consolidation of all airline, retail and food and beverage businesses into the revamped concourse.

MSCAA president and CEO Scott Brockman said: “This is a huge milestone as the reinvention of MEM becomes a reality. The end result will be a revolutionary new travel experience for Memphis passengers.”

Furthermore, the new jet bridge contract awarded to Aero Bridgeworks is part of the airport’s decision to purchase all-new passenger boarding bridges.

The airport will re-locate to the B Concourse following the construction works.