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Fiscal Year 2023: A Year in Review for Nashville International Airport® and John C. Tune Airport (JWN®)

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July 19, 2023

Press Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (July 19, 2023) – Nashville International Airport® (BNA®) today announced a record-breaking year with 21.9 million total at the end of its fiscal year – 18.7% higher than the previous record-breaking year 2022.

Additional record-breaking statistics include:

  • Record Breaking Month: May 2023! BNA served 2,071,705 passengers – 66,800 passengers per day.

  • Record Breaking Day: May 7, 2023! 39,745 passengers screened through the checkpoint.

  • Air Service continues to grow at BNA with a record-breaking number of 99 nonstop destinations and an average 600 daily operations (300 departures and 300 arrivals).

  • Passengers at BNA have doubled in the past 10 years:

    • 2013: 10.6M

    • 2023: 21.9M

“It gives me great pride that BNA continues to break records and experience tremendous growth,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of BNA. “As we wrap up BNA® Vision at the end of 2023, we are looking forward to the continuation of New Horizon – our next phase of expansion to accommodate growth up to 35M passengers and keep Nashville International Airport a world-class facility. Our future is very bright!”

During the fiscal year, BNA celebrated numerous monumental achievements, events, and celebrations including:

  • Opened the new 200,000 sq. ft. Grand Lobby with immersive art displays and installations, two “69x13’’ video walls, and 24 TSA security lanes

  • Opened the 215 ft. pedestrian bridge with a 695’ x 224’ canopy, enhancing the passenger experience

  • Greeted participants at our 26th Aviation Classic Golf Tournament with proceeds benefitting:

    • Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

    • MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

    • Fisk University

    • McGavock High School

  • Hosted the 3rd annual BNA 5K on the Runway benefitting:

    • Gary Sinise Foundation

    • Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

    • Make a Wish – Middle Tennessee

  • Added two additional nonstop routes to our portfolio:

    • WestJet Airlines announced service from Music City to Vancouver – passengers will now have easy access to Canada’s five largest cities

    • Avelo Airlines announced service from BNA to Delaware’s Wilmington Airport (ILG) – a convenient and easy alternative to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

  • Opened 18 new concessions and retail options

  • Opened our new cell lot that is two and a half times larger – featuring digital signage that displays real-time updates on incoming flights 

  • Unveiled the 40-foot-tall BNA Monument at the entrance to the airport off I-40

  • Bestowed the following awards:

    • 2023 Most Admired CEOs from the Nashville Business Journal (Doug Kreulen)

    • 2023 NBJ Women of Influence from the Nashville Business Journal (Davita Taylor)

    • 2023 Tennessee Chief Information Officer ORBIE® Awards (KC Hampton) - finalist

    • General Aviation Project of the year from the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives awarded to John C. Tune for the rebuild - following the March 2020 tornadoes

    • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association

    • BNA and Hi-Way Paving, Inc. Awarded “Gold Award” in the Commercial Services Airport Category and “Best in Show” for Innovation at the 2022 Excellence in Concrete Paving Awards (December 2022)

    • Airport Authority’s rating raised from A+ to AA- from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings

  • Welcomed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as well as local and state elected officials to celebrate the $7 million Airport Terminal Grant awarded to BNA.

  • Opened Garage B – a six-level parking structure with 1,800 covered parking spaces that connects directly to the on-site Hilton Hotel (hotel slated to open December 2023).

FollowingBNA® Vision_, New Horizon is the recently launched construction program at Nashville International Airport. _For more information on New Horizon, visit: click here.

*Watch a year-in-review video here: (view it here)

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