John C. Tune Airport to Reopen
NASHVILLE – The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) announced today that John C. Tune Airport (JWN) will reopen Friday, March 20, at 7 a.m., after sustaining massive damage from the tornado that occurred on March 3. Cleanup continues, but the airport has been restored enough to support safe flight operations on a 24-hour basis.
Nashville International Airport (BNA) was not impacted by the tornadoes and remains open for operations.
“Our team in the Emergency Operations Center and all our business partners worked diligently to bring back John C. Tune Airport in short order,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA, the entity that owns and operates JWN and Nashville International Airport (BNA). “I’m enormously proud of the effort involved as we were determined to get Tune functioning once again for the region’s general aviation community.”
The infrastructure damage alone to JWN is estimated at $93 million, which doesn’t include any estimates of personal property damage such as aircraft and vehicles. More than 90 aircraft were destroyed, along with 17 hangars that were destroyed or damaged.
JWN, located in the Cockrill Bend area of west Nashville, provides a valuable and much-needed function as a reliever airport to BNA and serves the rapidly growing needs of the region’s corporate and private aircraft.