Air Travel Picks Up in Music City

Sept. 21, 2021
Passenger volume at Nashville International Airport is closing in on pre-pandemic levels with more travelers returning to the skies.

Passenger volume is gaining altitude at Nashville International Airport with Sunday, Sept. 19, as the busiest day since the pandemic began 18 months ago in March 2020. In fact, the 30,589 departing screened passengers on Sunday is just below the airport’s all-time departing passenger high of 32,828, set at BNA nearly 24 months ago in October 2019.

“Sunday’s passenger volume is the best we’ve seen in almost two years, which is very welcome news and an encouraging sign of recovery as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO. “As confidence returns to air travel, we are continuing to increase air service opportunities and enhance ongoing COVID-19 safety measures. All the while, we’re building a bigger, better airport to serve even more passengers with our BNA Vision expansion and renovation program. We’re excited to welcome more and more travelers back to BNA and see a bright future on the horizon.”

Of note, Sunday’s numbers rank BNA as the 20th busiest airport in the country for that day. Additionally, in September, BNA is offering service to 80 nonstop markets and is seeing 262 daily departures.

Comparatively, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, there were 11,184 departing screened passengers.