Memphis International Airport passenger flights cancelations extend into Saturday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

The Memphis International Airport will now be closed until at least noon on Saturday.

According to airport officials, there is a chance that the airport will be closed until a later time.

MLGW continues to work on repairs.

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Memphis International Airport has cancelled all passenger flights for Friday.

Water pressure issues have forced the temporary closure of MEM’s passenger terminal, according to a release from the airport.

Water pressure levels dropped Thursday night to the point that passenger operations were no longer feasible.

The terminal will remain closed until water pressure has been restored to acceptable levels, according to the release.

MEM officials remain in contact with MLGW about repairs.

The airport requires a significant amount of water for restrooms, restaurants, airlines and operations.

“This is a last resort for MEM,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “A passenger airport cannot function without a safe and dependable water supply, which we do not have at this time. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, sanitary and secure operation. We hope that MLGW is able to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.