Terminal renovations begin at Nashville airport

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 9:36pm
Staff reports

Frequent fliers are likely accustomed to the dust and noise outside Nashville International Airport, but now they can expect to see more of the same inside the facility.

The airport this week has launched Phase II of its terminal renovation project, the first interior renovation in the 22-year history of BNA’s existing terminal.

Most noticeable among planned upgrades will be the renovation of airline gate hold rooms and additional bathrooms in the terminal.

Construction to hold rooms on Concourse C began earlier this week, Metro Nashville Airport Authority said in a release.

Phase II construction, slated to continue through early 2011, will also include enlarging the ticket lobby, renovating the baggage claim area and replacing flooring, wall coverings and heating and air units.

“Continuing to upgrade the existing terminal facilities will enhance our ability to provide the Nashville Airports Experience to our passengers, partners and employees,” Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority said in a release. “This project also coincides nicely with improvements to the airport’s parking lots and roadways.”

Following Sept. 11, 2001, much of BNA’s lobby has been dedicated to explosive detection screening machines. As part of the renovations, these machines will be replaced by a new in-line explosive detection system that will streamline and improve the safety and security of the screening process for checked baggage.

Since the first phase of the renovation project began in October 2006, BNA has welcomed more than 30 new food and beverage and retail vendors, opened a central security checkpoint, and added concourse skylights and flight information displays.