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NASHVILLE – With the release of 2021’s total passenger data, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) has taken stock of the previous 12 months. Although the pandemic continued to impact air travel throughout the country, the calendar year closed with over 15.5 million passengers moving in and out of Nashville International Airport_®_—87.3 percent higher than in 2020 and just 15.1 percent lower than in 2019.
In fact, July and November 2021 passenger volume exceeded the record-setting 2019 numbers for those months. Additionally, the number of scheduled nonstop routes during the summer reached a record high of service to 88 markets.
“In addition to the increase in air travel, we continued to progress in other areas, including additional air service, expansion and renovation of BNA_®_ and the redevelopment of John C. Tune Airport,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “The Airport Authority continued to meet challenges from the pandemic while embracing opportunities to meet future needs and reinforce the vital role we play in the economic recovery of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.”
Notable 2021 milestones:
And as progress on new initiatives continued, so too did BNA’s response to the pandemic. The airport reinforced its cleaning and sanitizing protocols, continued its public awareness campaign of CDC best practices, distributed free face coverings, installed plastic shields at airline counters, installed touchless elevator buttons and UV sanitizing lights on escalator handrails and HVAC systems.
About Nashville International Airport
As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent State of Tennessee study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $9.9 billion total economic impact. BNA supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars.
For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our expansion and renovation plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.
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