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Nashville Airport to Undergo $1.2 Billion Renovation

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | August 01, 2016

Nashville Airport to Undergo $1.2 Billion Renovation

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The Music City's airport is set to undergo a $1.2 billion renovation amid a tourism boom.

The Tennessean reported Nashville International Airport will undergo a handful of upgrades and improvements over the next seven years as airport officials look to accommodate record numbers of air travelers.

The project, named "BNA Vision" after the airport's code, will roll out in stages to minimize the impact on passengers.

"By 2035, the population of the Greater Nashville area is expected to surpass 2.5 million people, and Nashville International Airport's passenger traffic will grow from 12 million today to more than 20 million," Metro Nashville Airport Authority President and CEO Rob Wigington told the Tennessean. "We are experiencing this rapid growth firsthand as we set new air passenger records every week, month and year."

The 12.2 million passengers that passed through the airport during the fiscal year ending June 30 represent a record for the airport.

The extensive overhaul will include additional security lines and parking, expanded baggage claim and ticketing areas and a 200- to 300-room hotel.

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Construction on a new 2,000-car parking garage is already underway and is expected to be completed in approximately two years.

Another highlight of the renovation project is the development of the Grand Ole Lobby at the airport's central entrance. Here, the airport will more than double the number of federal security screening lanes available. 

Although the renovation is certain to impact travelers in the coming years, local officials believe it will be a worthwhile effort.

"Nashville International Airport is the first impression of Music City that many travelers and tourists get, so it’s important that we leave a good one," Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said in a statement. "These renovations — which are funded by revenues generated by the Airport Authority and not tax dollars — will make ours one of the finest transit hubs in the country and serve as a great welcome for people coming to Nashville."

Specific design details pertaining to the renovation are still to come. 

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