Record traffic triggers aggressive expansion at the Nashville airport

Jun 20, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville International Airport broke ground Wednesday on a $268 million renovation project that will reopen the long shuttered Concourse D.

The concourse was closed in 1995 when American Airlines dropped its Nashville hub.

A computer animation shows how Nashville International will be expanded over the next five years.

The airport’s Shannon Sumrall says the old D terminal will be torn down and a completely new concourse built over a two year period.

“It’ll be an 116,000 square foot terminal. It will have six new jet bridges and gates for aircraft. This will be a domestic concourse for domestic flight.”

Earlier this month BNA also began a preliminary site work on a planned international arrivals terminal. Over the next year 55,000 dump truck loads of material will be hauled in to fill the deep, 13 acre hole in the middle of the airport grounds.

Both projects are part of a larger, five-year, $1.2 billion expansion plan called BNA Vision. The Corgan architectural firm is handling design and in a promotional video the company’s Ross Payton says the new facilities will mirror Music City.

“The food, music and culture found at the airport will be a seamless extension of the sights, sounds, and flavors for which Nashville is celebrated.”

In addition to the new Concourse D and International terminal, airport officials say the expansion will triple airport short term parking, add 14 additional security lanes, and open an onsite hotel.

Shannon Sumrall says the expansion is being driven by Nashville's growth. She says BNA has set new records for arrivals and departures in each of the last five years.

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