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Nashville’s BNA expansion to benefit Williamson County

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Douglas E. Kreulen

Doug Kreulen, president of BNA airport, served as the keynote speaker at Outlook Williamson 2019.  

Outlook Williamson speaker Doug Kreulen, CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, shared how the airport’s expansion could affect Williamson County.

Kreulen’s presentation pointed out that 16 percent of airline tickets purchased in 2018 were from Williamson County.

“That comes to over 2 million tickets sold,” Kreulen explained.

Currently, 43,000 passengers a day travel in and out of BNA, which Kreulen put into perspective.

“We empty and fill the Bridgestone Arena twice a day, every day, 365 days a year,” he said.

With the traveler capacity expected to grow, BNA airport has Vision Projects in the works to handle future growth.

Parts of vision one are under construction right now at the airport and in the immediate future through 2023, costing $1.2 billion. Projects already completed include an interim international arrival building and a new terminal garage, which added additional parking and ground transportation pickups.

Future vision one projects in the works include a new Concourse D opening in summer of 2020, and an on-site, 11-story hotel that will open in 2023, among others.

Vision two is planned from 2024-28 with a projected cost of $1.2 billion. It would include upgrades to Concourse A, runway extension, roadway and transit improvements and adding support facilities.

Looking further down the road, vision three is planned from 2033-37 with a projected cost of $1.6 billion. Plans for this phase include a satellite terminal and a “people mover.”

How is British Airways doing? That is a question Kreulen gets a lot and gave an update at Outlook Williamson.

British Airways offers a non-stop flight from Nashville BNA to London.

“We’re growing and the airlines know it,” Kreulen said. “We have a couple more announcements hopefully in the next month or so.”

There are currently 15 airlines going to 74 non-stop destinations, Kreulen added.

“They made 31 percent in the first quarter, and they made 24 percent in the second quarter,” Kreulen said. “I think they’re pretty happy with their returns.”

Of the 28 destinations, the airline serves for non-stop service, Nashville ranks 12th in profitability.

“[British Airways] is doing great,” Kreulen said. “The average load factor on that flight is on the high 80s, again they’re making money if they’re greater than 70 percent full.”

“They love Nashville.”

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