Airport Authority breaks ground on new Concourse D

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and Nashville Mayor David Briley in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction and development of Concourse D at Nashville International Airport.Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Nashville, TN.

Joined by Nashville Mayor David Briley, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) staff and Board of Commissioners broke ground Wednesday 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 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% 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/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, it 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.