Airport's new parking center drawing controversy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A new ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport is causing mixed emotions.

The seven-level structure combines 7,300 public parking spaces with rental car pickup and return, all within walking distance of the terminal.

According to The Commercial Appeal, airport officials see the new facility co-existing with off-airport lots while offering convenient, affordable, environmentally friendly parking options.

But opponents of the $122 million center say it's big and expensive and comes at a time when passenger air service at Memphis seems to be shrinking due to cuts by hub carrier Delta Air Lines.

The center is scheduled to be fully operational in February.

Memphis' airport is one of the world's busiest cargo airports.

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