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Nashville International Airport

Nashville International Airport
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Nashville International Airport Aerial June 2011.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerThe Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
OperatorMetropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA)
ServesNashville, Tennessee
Focus city forAllegiant Air
Elevation AMSL599 ft / 183 m
Coordinates36°07?36?N 086°40?55?W / 36.12667°N 86.68194°W / 36.12667; -86.68194Coordinates: 36°07?36?N 086°40?55?W / 36.12667°N 86.68194°W / 36.12667; -86.68194
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2L/20R 7,704 2,348 Concrete
2C/20C 8,001 2,439 Concrete
2R/20L 8,001 2,439 Concrete
13/31 11,030 3,362 Concrete
Statistics (2020)
Total passengers8,284,570
Aircraft operations240,572
Based aircraft (2021)101
Source: Nashville International Airport[1]

Nashville International Airport (IATA: BNA, ICAO: KBNA, FAA LID: BNA) is a public/military airport in the southeastern section of Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Established in 1937, its original name was Berry Field, from which its ICAO and IATA identifiers are derived. The current terminal was built in 1987, and the airport took its current name in 1988. Nashville International Airport has four runways and covers 3,900 acres (1,600 ha).[2]

The airport is served by 22 airlines and has 585 daily arriving and departing flights with nonstop flights to 96 airports in North America and Europe. Joint Base Berry Field, formerly Berry Field Air National Guard Base is located at Nashville International Airport. The base is home to the 118th Wing and the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron Tennessee Army National Guard.[3]



Eastward view of Berry Field's original administration building

Nashville's first airport was Hampton Field, which operated until 1921. It was replaced by Blackwood Field in the Hermitage community, which operated between 1921 and 1928. The first airlines to serve Nashville, American Airlines and Eastern Air Lines, flew out of Sky Harbor Airport in nearby Rutherford County.[4]

By 1935 the need for an airport larger and closer to the city than Sky Harbor Airport was realized and a citizens' committee was organized by mayor Hilary Howse to choose a location. A 340-acre (1.4 km2) plot along Dixie Parkway (now Murfreesboro Road) composed of four farms was selected, and construction began in 1936 as one of the first major Works Progress Administration projects in the area. The airport was dedicated on November 1, 1936, as Berry Field, named after Col. Harry S. Berry, the Tennessee administrator for the Works Progress Administration. It opened in June 1937 with much fanfare, including parades, an air show, and an aerial bombardment display by the 105th Aero Squadron, which was based at the field.[5] Passenger service began in mid-July through American Airlines and Eastern Airlines, both of which operated Douglas DC-3s. The new airport had three asphalt runways, a three-story passenger terminal, a control tower, two hangars and a beacon, and was built at a cost of $1.2 million. In its first year Berry Field served 189,000 passengers.[4][6][7]

Tennessee National Guard facilities at Berry Field during World War II

During World War II, the airfield was requisitioned by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command as the headquarters for the 4th Ferrying Command for movement of new aircraft overseas. During this time, the Federal government expanded the airport to 1,500 acres (6.1 km2). At the end of the war, the airport was returned to the control of the city, with a number of facilities remaining for support of the tenant unit of the Tennessee National Guard.[6]

The airport had been enlarged by the military during World War II, but in 1958 the City Aviation Department started planning to expand and modernize the airport.[6] In 1961, a new 145,000 square feet (13,500 m2) terminal opened off of Briley Parkway, west of runway 2L. 1961 also saw the first scheduled jets at Berry Field, American Airlines 720/720Bs. For the first time more than half a million people passed through the airport when the six airlines that served Nashville carried 532,790 passengers. These renovations also included expansion of an existing runway, with 2L/20R being extended by 600 feet (180 m), and the construction of a new crosswind runway, 13/31.[6] In 1962 Nashville became the first municipal airport in the United States with a public reading room when the Nashville Public Library opened a branch inside the terminal.[8]

Hub years

By the 1970s the airport was again in need of expansion and modernization. In 1973 the newly created Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) finalized a plan for the long-term growth of the airport; the plan included a new terminal and a new parallel runway across Donelson Pike to increase capacity by reducing time between takeoffs and landings.[6]

In the early 1980s the MNAA commissioned Robert Lamb Hart, in association with the firm of Gresham, Smith and Partners, to design a modern terminal; construction began in 1984 and was completed in 1987. It had three main concourses and a smaller commuter concourse radiating from a distinctive three-story atrium.[4] An international wing was built in Concourse A; the airport was renamed Nashville International Airport/Berry Field. It is now rare to see the "Berry Field" portion used, but the airport's IATA code (BNA) is short for Berry Field Nashville, and the military facilities at the airport are still commonly known by this name. In 1989 a new parallel runway (2R/20L) was opened for use.[6]

American Airlines announced in 1985 that it would establish a hub at Nashville, and it officially opened in 1986. The hub was intended to compete with Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines and Piedmont Airlines for north-south traffic in the eastern United States.[9] Besides providing nonstop flights to many cities in the U.S. and Canada, American also operated a transatlantic flight from Nashville to London. The American hub was touted as a selling point in bringing companies such as Nissan and Saturn Corporation to the Nashville area. Nonetheless, the hub operated at a loss even during its heyday in the early 1990s, like the similarly sized hub American had at Raleigh/Durham.[10]

American's service peaked in 1993 with 265 daily departures to 79 cities, after which flights were gradually scaled back until the hub closed in December 1995.[11] American cited the aftermath of the early 1990s recession and the lack of local passengers as reasons for the closure.

Recent history

In the aftermath of the hub closure, Southwest Airlines gradually filled the void by subleasing American's gates and seizing a majority of the Nashville market. Southwest continues to dominate the airport to this day.[12]

In 2002 Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services (EAMS) selected Nashville as the location for its Regional Airline Support Facility, which was built on the site of the demolished 1961 terminal building.[13]

In October 2006 the Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority started an extensive renovation of the terminal building, designed by Architectural Alliance of Minneapolis and Thomas, Miller & Partners, PLLC of Nashville,[14] the first since the terminal opened 19 years prior. Phase one of the project involved updating and expanding food and vending services, improving flight information systems, and construction of a new consolidated security checkpoint for all terminals. Phase one was completed in 2009. Phase two of the project involved the expansion of the ticketing and check-in areas, the construction and renovation of bathrooms, and the renovation of the baggage claim areas. Completion of the second phase of the renovation project was completed in 2011.[15] These renovations bring the total size of the terminal building to over 1 million square feet (93,000 m2).[16] In addition to the terminal renovation and expansion, the renovations included expanding parking and a new rental car facility.[17] The renovated terminal was named the Robert C. H. Mathews Jr. Terminal in honor of a MNAA board chair in 2011.[6]

In addition to passenger amenities in the terminal and parking areas, the renovations included improvements to the airport's infrastructure. The largest project was the complete demolition and rebuilding of Runway 2L/20R, which was completed in August 2010. In addition to the rebuilding of Runway 2L/20R, Runway 2C/20C was closed from September through December 2010 for pavement and concrete rehabilitation. BNA's 91 acres (0.37 km2) of tarmac were also rehabilitated during this project after being funded entirely by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allotments.[18]

In August 2017, British Airways announced nonstop service between Nashville and London, which began on May 4, 2018. This marked the return of transatlantic service at BNA for the first time since 1995, when American ended their London flight.[19]


Construction in August 2021

To accommodate growth at BNA, the Metro Nashville Airport Authority has commenced a renovation of the airport dubbed as BNA Vision.[20] Projects include expanding and reopening Concourse D, renovating/expanding the central terminal area and constructing a new international arrivals facility, constructing a new hotel and constructing new parking garages and access roads. A second phase will construct a new satellite extension of Concourse C with 8 gates as well as reconstruct Concourse A with 16 gates, leaving the airport with 65 gates when the entire Vision is completed.[21] The majority of project is expected to be completed by 2023, with the roadway improvements and Concourse A reconstruction being completed in 2024 and 2025 respectively.[22]



Interior of the terminal

The airport has one terminal with four concourses and a total of 42 gates.[23] All non pre-cleared international flights are currently processed in Concourse A.

  • Concourse A contains 7 gates.[23]
  • Concourse B contains 10 gates.[23]
  • Concourse C contains 19 gates.[23]
  • Concourse D contains 6 gates.[23]


Nashville International Airport has four runways.[24]

Runway Length Width Pavement
2L/20R 7,704 ft
2,348 m
150 ft
46 m
2C/20C 8,001 ft
2,439 m
150 ft
46 m
2R/20L 8,001 ft
2,439 m
150 ft
46 m
13/31 11,030 ft
3,360 m
150 ft
46 m

Military facilities

Berry Field Air National Guard Base (ANGB) was located on the premises of Nashville International Airport. Since 1937 it hosted the 118th Airlift Wing (AW). Berry Field faced the removal of its flying mission with the BRAC 2005 recommendation to realign its assets to other units. It initially averted this fate by taking on a new role as the C-130 International Training Center. The C-130s assigned to the unit were eventually transferred and the 118th AW became the 118th Wing, supporting unmanned aircraft operations.[25]

Approximately 1,500 personnel are assigned to both HQ, Tennessee Air National Guard and to the 118 AW at Berry ANGB. Approximately 400 are full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and Air Reserve Technician (ART) personnel, augmented by approximately 1100 traditional part-time air guardsmen.[25]

The last C-130 left Nashville in December 2012[26] and on April 17, 2015, the first UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters belonging to the Tennessee Army National Guard's 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron relocated to what is now known as Joint Base Berry Field from Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Smyrna, Tennessee.[27]

Airlines and destinations


Toronto-Pearson [28]
Jonesboro (begins February 1, 2022) [29]
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma [30]
Allegiant Air Allentown, Appleton, Bozeman, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Cleveland (ends December 31, 2021),[31] Des Moines, Fargo, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Flint, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Jacksonville (FL) (begins November 18, 2021), Orlando/Melbourne (begins November 18, 2021), Orlando/Sanford, Palm Springs (begins November 17, 2021), Peoria, Pittsburgh, Punta Gorda (FL), Richmond, Sarasota, Savannah, Sioux Falls, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Syracuse
Seasonal: Albany, Boise, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Greensboro, Gulfport/Biloxi, Key West, McAllen, Myrtle Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Rapid City, Tulsa
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Raleigh/Durham, Washington-National [33]
American Eagle Austin, Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Miami, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa (begins November 2, 2021),[34] Washington-National
Seasonal: Orlando
Boutique Air Muscle Shoals [35]
British Airways London-Heathrow [36]
Cape Air Marion, Owensboro [37]
Contour Airlines Greenville (MS), Greenville/Spartanburg (begins November 17, 2021),[38] Indianapolis, Tupelo (MS) [39]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma [40]
Delta Connection Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia [40]
Frontier Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
JetBlue Boston, Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia (begins March 27, 2022)[42] [43]
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Burbank, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chicago-Midway, Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus-Glenn, Dallas-Love, Denver, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston-Hobby, Houston-Intercontinental, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orange County, Orlando, Panama City (FL), Pensacola, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose (CA), San Juan, Sarasota, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington-National
Seasonal: Cancún, West Palm Beach
Spirit Airlines Baltimore, Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Orlando, Tampa [45]
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Ultimate Air Shuttle Cincinnati-Lunken [47]
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles [48]
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Washington-Dulles [48]
WestJet Seasonal: Calgary [49]
WestJet Encore Toronto-Pearson [49]



Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from BNA (July 2020 - June 2021)[50]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 282,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
2 Atlanta, Georgia 252,000 Delta, Southwest
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 245,000 American
4 Orlando, Florida 235,000 Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
5 Charlotte, North Carolina 204,000 American, Southwest
6 Los Angeles, California 173,000 American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit
7 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 167,000 American, Southwest, United
8 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 166,000 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Phoenix, Arizona 147,000 American, Southwest
10 Detroit, Michigan 142,000 Delta, Southwest

Airline market share

Largest airlines at BNA (Apr. 2020 - Mar. 2021)[50]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Southwest Airlines 4,167,000 61.89%
2 American Airlines 661,000 9.82%
3 Delta Air Lines 419,000 6.22%
4 SkyWest 330,000 4.9%
5 Spirit Airlines 242,000 3.72%
6 Other 916,000 13.61%

Airport traffic

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Accidents and incidents

  • On September 28, 1963, an Eastern Air Lines Douglas DC-7 crashed on landing after the aircraft's nose gear collapsed. All 45 passengers and crew survived.[51]
  • On May 31, 1985, a Gulfstream I crashed immediately after takeoff due to failure of the left engine. Both people on board were killed.[52]
  • On January 29, 1996, a United States Navy F-14 Tomcat fighter crashed shortly after takeoff. The jet struck a housing development and erupted into a fireball, killing the pilot and four individuals on the ground.[53]
  • On September 9, 1999, a TWA McDonnell Douglas DC-9 suffered a landing gear collapse after a hard touchdown. All 46 passengers and crew survived.[54]
  • On October 29, 2013, a Cessna 172R departing from Windsor International Airport in Windsor, Ontario, Canada deviated from its declared destination of Pelee Island Airport, flew south to Nashville, and circled the airport for two hours before crashing on Runway 2C and bursting into flames, killing the sole occupant. The burned wreckage went unnoticed for nearly six hours, as it had been obscured by dense fog, before being spotted by another general aviation aircraft. The NTSB investigation of the crash determined that the pilot, Michael Callan, was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Additionally, he falsely listed singer Taylor Swift as his next of kin, and had written letters with signs of stalking to her, leading investigators to believe that he flew to Nashville to stalk her.[55][56]
  • On December 15, 2015, Southwest Airlines Flight 31, a Boeing 737-300, from Houston, Texas, exited the taxiway and rolled into a ditch shortly after arriving into Nashville as the airplane was entering the terminal ramp. All 138 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the plane and bussed into the airport.[57]

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