Joined by Nashville Mayor David Briley, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) staff and Board of Commissioners Wednesday broke ground on the new Concourse D at Nashville International Airport (BNA). The project is part of BNA Vision, MNAA’s dynamic growth and expansion plan.
The 115,000-square-foot Concourse D will feature six domestic aircraft gates and a variety of new dining and retail options. In addition to the new concourse, the project entails expanding the airport’s Ticketing Lobby and Baggage Claim by adding 200,000 square feet of space to the north and south ends of the terminal. Other components of the project include remodeling 136,000 square feet of existing terminal space and building an 11,000-square-foot central utility plant.
The Concourse D project is set for completion in summer 2020.
“Like our city, Nashville International Airport is growing and adapting to meet the needs of our community,” said Nashville Mayor David Briley. “Today’s groundbreaking marks a significant part of the airport’s ongoing expansion plans, and that growth is essential to our city’s continued economic success. The new and improved BNA will make Nashville an even more inviting place and benefit our region as a driver of business travel and tourism for years to come.”
“Travelers want and need more aircraft gates, more destinations, more dining and more retail as part of their BNA experience. That’s exactly what we’ll be giving them when this project is completed,” said Bobby Joslin, MNAA Board of Commissioners chair. “The new Concourse D is one of many projects that comprise BNA Vision. I couldn’t be more pleased with the overall direction of our airport and how we are rising to the challenge.”
Nashville International Airport is one the fastest growing airports in North America. In 2017, 14.1 million passengers traveled into and out of BNA, an increase of more than 1.1 million passengers, representing an 8.9 percent increase over the previous year, and setting a new all-time passenger record for the fifth consecutive calendar year. Projections indicate passenger traffic at BNA will surpass 23 million by 2037.
“This new Concourse D will give us more capacity for commercial air service to meet the rising demand for travel to and from Nashville,” said Doug Kreulen, MNAA president and CEO. “And we will see to it that the look and feel of this space reflects the sights and sounds, tastes and hospitality for which Music City is so well known. With multiple BNA Vision projects now underway, the world-class airport we’re building for this world-class city is beginning to take shape. It’s an exciting time, and there’s much more to come.”
Other BNA Vision projects underway include the airport’s new Parking and Transportation Center, which will open in late 2018, and the terminal apron and taxilane expansion project, which will complete the first of two phases in summer 2019.
Launched in July 2016, BNA Vision is MNAA’s dynamic growth and expansion plan for Nashville International Airport. Upon its completion in 2023, BNA Vision will include a Parking and Transportation Center, new Concourse D, expanded central terminal, airport administration building, potential hotel and transit connection, and a state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility.
As with all other airport capital improvement projects, no local tax dollars will be used to fund BNA Vision. Take a virtual 360-degree tour, view renderings and watch the BNA Vision video at BNAvision.com.
The design-build team for the Concourse D project is Hensel Phelps and Fentress Architects.
BNA is currently served by 14 airlines and offers 450 daily flights. Nashville International Airport provides nonstop air service to more than 65 destinations.
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) was established in 1970, and owns and operates Nashville International Airport (BNA) and John C. Tune Airport (JWN). With more than 14.1 million passengers visiting each year, Nashville International Airport is the fourth fastest growing airport among the top 50 airports in North America. BNA serves 450 daily flights to more than 65 nonstop markets. It is the 33rd busiest airport in the U.S. MNAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit flynashville.com. Follow on Facebook at facebook.com/NashvilleInternationalAirport and follow BNA on Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA Vision, our growth and expansion plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.