Nashville International Airport

Nashville International Airport
Nashville International Airport
Nashville International Airport Logo.svg
Nashville International Airport Aerial June 2011.jpg
BNA is located in Tennessee
Location of the Nashville International Airport
Airport type Public
Owner MNAA
Operator Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Elevation AMSL 599 ft / 183 m
Coordinates 36°07′36″N 86°40′55″W / 36.12667°N 86.68194°W / 36.12667; -86.68194
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2L/20R 7,703 2,348 Concrete
2C/20C 8,001 2,438 Concrete
2R/20L 8,000 2,438 Concrete
13/31 11,030 3,362 Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 190,993
Based aircraft 100
See: Berry Field Air National Guard Base for information about the United States Air Force use of the airport

Nashville International Airport (IATA: BNAICAO: KBNA) is a joint civil-military airport in southeastern Nashville, Tennessee. The IATA Airport Code BNA is descended from one of the city's early aviation facilities—Berry Field, NAshville, which was the name of the current facility until 1988, when the name was changed to reflect plans for international flights. The airport has four runways.

Berry Field Air National Guard Base is located at Nashville International Airport. The base is home to the 118th Airlift Wing, an Air National Guard unit operationally-gained by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), as well as the headquarters of the Tennessee Air National Guard.

The airport is served by MTA bus #18. The Airport served nearly 10 million passengers in 2008, and over 79,000 LT (80,000,000 kg) of Cargo in 2008. The Terminal Complex includes a 900,000-square-foot (84,000 m2) passenger terminal with 47 Air Carrier Gates and up to 78 Commuter Parking Positions. It contributes $3.74 billion in economic activity and $1.18 billion in wages and more than 39,700 jobs annually to the regional economy. The Airport serves a trade area of 79 counties in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama.



The airport opened in 1937 as Berry Field, named after Harry S. Berry, the Tennessee administrator for the Works Progress Administration. It covered 340 acres (1.4 km2) along Dixie Parkway (now Murfreesboro Road).

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Air Transport Command 20th Ferrying Group for movement of new aircraft from the United States to overseas locations.

The April 1957 OAG shows 50 weekday departures: 24 on American Airlines, 22 on Eastern Air Lines, two on Braniff International Airways and two on Ozark Air Lines.

A much larger terminal opened in 1961; it was the setting for several scenes in the 1975 Robert Altman film Nashville, and was off Briley Parkway. The current passenger facility on Donelson Pike opened in 1987, and was designed for a new American Airlines hub. A year later it was renamed Nashville International Airport/Berry Field to reflect its new status. While it is now rare to see the "Berry Field" portion used, the airport's IATA code is short for Berry Field NAshville.

Initially, American Airlines scheduled 135 flights daily to 60 cities; an international wing was built in Concourse A for a flight to London. American's service peaked in 1992, after which routes were cut back until eventually American closed the hub. Southwest Airlines quickly filled the void by seizing 47% of the Nashville market and making it a focus city. Today Nashville International Airport is served by 14 carriers with more than 375 average daily arriving and departing flights at 47 air carrier gates. Nashville International has direct air service to 90 markets.[1] BNA averages a total of 523 commercial, general aviation, air taxi, and military flight operations per day.[2] Nonstop flights are available to 45 domestic destinations and two international.

In 2002, Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services (EAMS) selected Nashville as the location for its Regional Airline Support Facility.[3]

Concourses, airlines, and destinations

Nashville International Airport has four concourses, of which only three are actually in use.

Airports with non-stop service from Nashville KBNA
Airlines Destinations Concourse
Air Canada Express operated by Jazz Air Toronto-Pearson C
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles
Seasonal: Miami
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Miami, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Washington-National C
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit
Seasonal: Cancún, Salt Lake City
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis B
Delta Connection operated by Comair Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, New York-LaGuardia B
Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines New York-LaGuardia B
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK B
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Atlanta, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul B
Delta Connection operated by Shuttle America New York-LaGuardia B
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City B
Frontier Airlines Denver A
Frontier Airlines operated by Chautauqua Airlines Milwaukee A
Southwest Airlines Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Charleston (SC), Chicago-Midway, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Myers, Greenville-Spartanburg, Houston-Hobby, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Norfolk, Orlando, Panama City (FL), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa
Seasonal: Oakland, Seattle/Tacoma
United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles A
United Express operated by Mesa Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles A
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver A
United Express operated by Trans States Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles A
US Airways Charlotte B
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin Philadelphia, Washington-National B
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Charlotte B
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines and PSA Airlines Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington-National B

Concourse D

This concourse, currently closed by the Metro Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), was constructed as a ground level commuter terminal for American Eagle. All American Eagle flights operated out of Concourse D until, as a cost cutting measure after 9/11, all American Eagle flights were moved to Concourse C to share gates with American Airlines. For a short period of time, Concourse D was used by Corporate Airlines to operate its own regional flights until it became an American Connection and Continental Connection regional affiliate.[4] Currently, the MNAA has no plans to reopen Concourse D.[5] Concourse D is currently occupied by the Transportation Security Administration.

Atlantic Aviation Terminal

Airlines Destinations
TennesseeSkies operated by Pacific Wings Jackson (TN), Owensboro (ends Dec. 5)


Top Ten Busiest Domestic Routes Out of BNA
(June 2010 - May 2011) [6]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA 287,000 Delta
2 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 266,000 American
3 Colorado Denver, CO 252,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
4 Illinois Chicago, IL (Midway) 223,000 Southwest
5 North Carolina Charlotte, NC 213,000 US Airways
6 Maryland Baltimore, MD 201,000 Southwest
7 Michigan Detroit, MI 192,000 Delta, Southwest
8 Illinois Chicago, IL (O'Hare) 166,000 American, United
9 Florida Orlando, FL 147,000 Southwest
10 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 142,000 Southwest, US Airways

Airline lounges

Nashville International Airport is home to a Delta Air Lines Sky Club located adjacent to gate B3.

The American Airlines Admirals Club is located above gate C12. The facility, which was closed after September 11, 2001, reopened on July 11, 2007.

Airport Arts

Nashville International Airport takes great pride in showcasing the Middle Tennessee region's visual and performing arts. Arts at the Airport receives funding for the visual arts from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The award-winning Arts at the Airport program reviews and presents works by local, regional, and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of Nashville International Airport's passengers and visitors. In addition to visual art, Arts at the Airport includes music since it is an integral part of Nashville. The arts come alive with musical performances on stages throughout BNA’s passenger terminal. The Flying Solo Exhibition Series is supported by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), and is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.[7]

Cargo facilities

Air cargo integrators, charter cargo airlines and air express companies operate daily from the Nashville Air Cargo all-cargo complex. The complex, located across the airfield from the airport's passenger facility, is within five minutes of Interstate 40. It provides taxiway access to Nashville International's three parallel runways and crosswind international runway. The airport has seen considerable growth in its cargo offerings in recent years with the addition of a 70,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) FedEx facility at BNA. China Airlines ceased operations at Nashville on July 31, 2009

Airlines with cargo operations at Nashville International Airport are:

Capital Cargo

External links


  1. ^ "Cities Served". Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Nashville Intl Airport FBOs". Flight Aware. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Global Presence". Embrarer. 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  4. ^ "Airline Service Relocated at Nashville International Airport" (Press release). Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. 2002-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Airline Gate Availability". Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Nashville, TN: Nashville Metropolitan (BNA)". US DOT-Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  7. ^ "Arts at the Airport". Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. 2006. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 

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