Nashville officials have approved a $327 million plan to renovate the terminal at Nashville International Airport and add a new international arrivals facility.
Construction on the largest component of the ongoing BNA Vision project will begin in fall of 2019 and is expected to be completed by late 2023. The airport’s Board of Commissioners awarded the construction contract to the aviation design firm Hensel Phelps.
“When complete, this project will provide travellers an expanded and visually engaging terminal lobby as well as a state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility to accommodate future international flights,” said board chairman A. Dexter Samuels.
“From a design perspective, we think this will be the most transformative undertaking in the history of this airport.”
The renovation and new construction will encompass 440,000 square feet of terminal space. The project will include aesthetic changes like raising the ceiling of the terminal lobby and adding a new roof canopy as well as expanding the airport’s security checkpoint area, connecting the parking garage to the terminal with a pedestrian bridge, and adding a central marketplace with airfield views.
The international arrivals facility will have six aircraft gates and a customs area.
“Our passenger growth the last several years has been extraordinary, and multiple projections indicate our numbers will continue to climb for several years to come,” said airport President and CEO Doug Kreulen.
Other facets of the BNA Vision project include a new parking and transport center, opening in December 2018, airfield improvements, and a new terminal parking facility slated for completion in 2020.
BNA is currently served by 15 airlines and offers 460 daily flights to more than 65 destinations.