Nashville celebrates completion of international arrivals upgrade
The ribbon-cutting marks a milestone in an extensive, long term project called BNA Vision that affects multiple areas in Nashville International Airport (BNA).
RIBBON CUTTING: A state-of-the-art arrivals building is set to open in five years
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) staff and Board of Commissioners today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Nashville International Airport’s (BNA) expanded and upgraded interim International Arrivals Building (IAB).
The milestone event marked the first project to be completed under BNA Vision, MNAA’s growth and expansion plan for Nashville International Airport.
BNA Vision will include the construction of a larger state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility (IAF), which is slated to open in 2023. To accommodate immediate needs for additional international capacity, the current IAB has undergone $8.2 million in improvements to serve as an interim international passenger processing and welcome centre while the permanent IAF is being designed and constructed.
The interim IAB will accommodate immediate needs for additional international capacity, specifically with British Airways’ new nonstop service from BNA to London’s Heathrow Airport five days a week, beginning May 4, 2018.
This new service adds to international destinations travellers can currently fly nonstop via BNA including Calgary, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Montego Bay, Punta Cana and Toronto.
“By all projections, Nashville is increasingly becoming an international destination, and it’s important we have the facilities to accommodate that trend,” said Bobby Joslin, MNAA Board Chairman.
“This is the first phase under our BNA Vision plan and will serve to meet those international travel demands until the terminal expansion is completed. We’re another step closer to the world-class airport we’re building for this world-class city.”
MNAA President and CEO Doug Kreulen added: “Our upgraded interim International Arrivals Building expands our ability to serve international passengers flying to Nashville, whether from the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Caribbean, or elsewhere.
“It was built with convenience in mind and will significantly improve and expedite the process for passengers until our permanent, state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility opens in 2023.”