UPDATE: This post has been corrected to show that the average airfare nationally increased in the first quarter.
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport is no longer ranked among the most expensive airports in the
country, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority said today.
In the first quarter, airfares at McGhee Tyson Airport dropped an average of 9.5 percent, according to the latest federal statistics.
That was the largest decrease in average fares among the top 100 airports nationwide, according the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
“Pull up! Pull up! You’re not going to make it. ….. Uh, you have exceeded the capacity of the landing gear.”
Those words crackled over my headphones some years back after I failed to safely land a cargo jet at the Louisville airport.
Fortunately, I was flying a UPS flight simulator and not a real jet. One of the perks of my job is that sometimes I’ve been allowed try fun stuff in pursuit of a story. I was reminded of my flight simulator mishap today when I read that FedEx planned to invest a bunch of money in its flight-training simulator operations in Memphis.