Nashville International Airport invests in airfreight

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Nashville International Airport (BNA) in the US has announced plans for a new airfreight building as part of a renovation and expansion plan.

“New Horizons” is an improvement and expansion plan for two concourses, a new airfreight building, terminal roadway improvements and additional upgrades to benefit passengers.

New Horizons is expected to cost $1.4bn and will be phased in over the next six years with a scheduled completion in late 2028. 

This project is the next step in the construction and renovation of Nashville International Airport following BNA Vision, which began in 2017 and will continue through 2023.

A new airfreight facility will be constructed to better support the cargo requirements of airlines.

The preliminary plan will also see extensions and improvements on concourse A and D, including additional gates, moving walkways, and additional concessions in both concourses; terminal roadway improvements to increase capacity and better manage traffic flow; and baggage handling system improvements.

The New Horizons design phase is expected to begin in August 2022 with construction on the extension of Concourse D scheduled to begin in late 2023 – with completion of all projects in late 2028.

Doug Kreulen, president and chief executive of BNA, said: “When we broke ground on BNA Vision, our goal was to expand the infrastructure of BNA to better support Nashville’s impressive growth trajectory over the next 20 years. The passenger volume we’ve seen at Nashville International Airport continues to outpace our previous projections, which is a great sign for our city, but it also means that we have to continue building for the future. It’s paramount for us to focus on a new horizon and continue to build a world-class airport to support more and more domestic and international travellers.”

Nashville has been growing its air cargo capacity in recent years. Amazon Air launched operations at the airport in September 2021.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]