Nashville International Airport is embarking on an ambitious $1.2 billion renovation that will touch virtually every corner of the airport and change every aspect of the traveler’s experience.
New parking, more security lines, larger baggage claim and ticketing areas, expanded concourse space and a first-of-its-kind hotel are among the projects planned over the next five to seven years.
The renovation and expansion, dubbed by the Metro Nashville Airport Authority as “BNA Vision,” will rank among the most expensive in the city’s history. BNA is the three-letter airport code used to identify Nashville International.
Airport leaders said the renovation is in response to a record-breaking number of passengers coming through Nashville — 12.2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.
The renovation was made possible, they said, by the change in the airport’s governance structure last year, which switched control over capital projects from the airlines to the Airport Authority. But the onslaught of projects comes after a topsy-turvy year at the airport, which had one of its top officials convicted of fraud and saw its leadership roundly criticized by a consulting report uncovered by The Tennessean. (continue at USA Today)