The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which replaced the former Metropolitan Department of Aviation, was created by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as a separate public corporation in 1970, pursuant to enabling legislation adopted in 1969 by the 86th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee.
The Authority has two principal functions. The first is planning, construction, operation and management of Nashville International and John C. Tune Airports. The second is to assure promotion, encouragement and development of commerce and industry through air transportation.
As an organization and vehicle designed to serve these functions, the Authority is an efficient means of avoiding duplication of effort and ensures continuity of planning, management and development on a sound, self-sufficient financial basis.
Air Trade Area
The Nashville International Airport serves 79 counties with a population base of nearly three million within a 100-mile radius of Nashville in portions of three states - Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama.
NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT(BNA) opened for business in 1937 on a 340-acre tract. The airport has been expanded and developed over the years to meet increased demand. It now covers more than 4,460 acres of land and is located eight miles from downtown Nashville. Currently, 16 scheduled airlines serve the airport, nine of which have entered into Signatory Airport Airline Agreements with the Authority. These Agreements provide for the use and lease of airport facilities and payments sufficient to assure the fiscal integrity of the airport. As of December 2004, the scheduled airlines operate 212 average daily departures providing same plane or nonstop service to 83 cities. Fourty-nine of these cities are served nonstop.
Nashville International is also a center for general aviation, with 183 based aircraft and two fixed-base operators. It is home of the Tennessee Air National Guard, one of the largest Air National Guard facilities in the country.
A spacious 750,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art passenger terminal opened in Nashville on Oct. 14, 1987, with 46 air carrier gates and 17 commuter aircraft parking positions, more than twice the number of gates and almost four times the square footage of previous terminal facilities. This terminal, designed to accommodate an expansion of up to 60 gates, was expanded to 775,000 square feet with 25 commuter aircraft parking positions in early 1991. In 1993, a concourse connector was added to aid passengers moving from one concourse to another. This brought the terminal area up to 795,000 square feet. In 1994, a new International Arrivals Building brought the passenger terminal to 820,000 square feet. Commuter aircraft parking positions also increased in 1994. In 2011, the Authority dedicated and renamed the terminal the Robert C. H. Mathews Jr. Terminal in honor of the long-time board chairman.
JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT(JWN) is a 399-acre general aviation reliever airport in West Nashville. Phase I development of 5000' x 100' runway/taxiway and apron opened in July 1986. Today, 120 aircraft are based at this facility, with an excellent FBO providing a full range of services. A facilities expansion program completed in 1988 included apron expansion, a new storage hangar, and installation of 44 additional T hangars. A 500-foot runway extension was completed in June of 1990. Twenty additional T hangars opened in October 1995, and a 36,000-square-foot new terminal was completed in October 1995. Twenty-six more T hangars opened in February 1999, bringing the total to 105. The Authority assumed direct management of the 105 T hangars in October 2005. This includes direct control and leasing of the 105 T hangars. Due to higher demand than capacity, the Authority erected 31 new T hangars at John C. Tune (JWN) that were completed in the spring of 2006 and removed 16. The total number of T hangars now stands at 120.
The Authority approaches the task of developing and managing airports and related facilities in a business-like manner. It is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners. These non-paid citizens are selected for their leadership ability, and they represent expertise in the fields of finance, aviation, engineering, law, industry and commerce. Members are appointed by the Mayor of Nashville/Davidson County and confirmed by the Metropolitan Council. The Authority works hand-in-hand with business and community leaders and local, state and federal government agencies to achieve objectives on behalf of the region it serves.
The Board appoints (by contract) the president, who is responsible for day-to-day operations and planning for all Authority facilities. The president reports directly to the board and heads a full-time staff of professional and technical personnel. These highly skilled staff members are dedicated to providing the best possible aviation services at the most economical cost.
Within this structure lies the Authority's unique ability to serve the public interest. Through continuity of management philosophy, sound fiscal attitudes and proven methods of operation, the Authority is able to plan and implement programs specifically designed for the community it serves. Since its formation, the Authority has been recommended as a model organization by the airlines and has been studied by numerous cities within the United States and by the governments of Bermuda and Canada.
- Completion of International Arrivals Building in June, 1994.
- $296 million in Airport Revenue Bond Issues for capital improvement since 1984.
- Completion of new terminal and runways at Nashville International Airport.
- $44.5 million Airport Revenue Bond Issue for implementation of FAA-approved Part 150 and other programs. Series 1991B $36 million Airport Revenue Bond Issue - sound insulation and purchase assistance portions of Part 150 Program.
- Began collection of $3.00 PFC in January 1993.
- $55 million Airport Revenue Bond Issue for construction of PFC-approved projects. In a unique transaction that leverages our PFC collection authority, PFC revenue is committed to repay these bonds.
- Air Service:
- 392 departures to 81 cities in December 2001.
- 51 non-stop markets in December 2001.
- 221.4% increase in scheduled airline passenger traffic since 1985 (2000: 9.0 million;1985: 2.8 million).
- 132% increase in cargo tonnage since 1985 (2000: 64.7 thousand tons;1985: 27.9 thousand tons).
- Construction of runway 2C/20C.
- Phase I: to 6,000 feet completed December 1991.
- Phase II: 8,000 foot replacement completed in June 1994.
- Construction of runway 13/31 extension.
- Phase I: to 9,200 feet - began mid-June, completed October 1991.
- Phase II: to 11,000 feet - began June 1992, completed June 1993.
- Construction of the Economy Parking Lot.
- Phase I: added 600 spaces in 1995.
- Phase II: added 1,300 spaces in 1996.
- Phase III: added 1,800 spaces in 1998.
- Phase IV: added 400 spaces in 1999.
- Terminal Landside Expansion.
- $35 million construction project, completed June 2000.
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Airlines Serving Nashville: American, American Eagle, American Connection, Continental Express, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Air Canada.
The self-financed Authority operates within a self-supporting budget and is empowered to establish and collect fees, rentals, rates and other charges from airport users, and to issue airport revenue bonds to accomplish its objectives. Airport users, not the local government, provide the funding necessary to operate, maintain, improve and develop airport facilities. The financial structure of the Authority requires that the budget for each airport be balanced annually.
The Authority's record proudly reflects our region's progressive nature and provides a strong foundation upon which to build the highest quality and most environmentally responsible air transportation and trade resources possible for our citizens.