BNA Announces $1.4 Billion Expansion Plan

Nashville International Airport (BNA) has announced a new 1.4 billion USD improvement and expansion plan.

The plan includes two new concourses and a new air freight building, as well as roadway improvements and additional terminal upgrades.

BNA’s improvement and expansion plan has been entitled New Horizons and will be completed in phases over the next six years. This announcement marks the next step in the airport’s ongoing construction and renovation progress, following BNA Vision, which began in 2017 and is set to be completed in 2023.

Nashville International Airport Expansion Plan
A rendering of the new Concourse A at Nashville International Airport

The 1.4 billion USD project will be funded through bonds, federal and state grants, and ‘passenger facility charges’.

Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO said:

“When we broke ground on BNA Vision, our goal was to expand the infrastructure of BNA to better support Nashville’s impressive growth trajectory over the next 20 years. The passenger volume we’ve seen at Nashville International Airport continues to outpace our previous projections, which is a great sign for our city, but it also means that we have to continue building for the future. It’s paramount for us to focus on a new horizon and continue to build a world-class airport to support more and more domestic and international travellers.”

The preliminary plan for the New Horizons project includes several key components:

  • Concourse A and D Improvements, including additional gates, moving walkways, and additional concessions
  • A New Air Freight Building to better support airline cargo requirements
  • Terminal Roadway Improvements to increase capacity and ease traffic flow into and out of the airport terminal and parking garages
  • Baggage Handling System Improvements, including upgrades that will sort bags by flight, speed security inspections, and more efficiently deliver passenger luggage

The project’s design phase is expected to begin in August 2022 with construction on the extension of Concourse D scheduled to begin in late 2023.

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