Explore Nashville International Airport (BNA): Your Comprehensive Travel Guide

December 27, 2022

With four runways and land spanning 3,900 acres, Nashville International Airport (BNA) serves 20 airlines and 585 daily arriving and departing flights to more than 72 cities in North America and Europe. The airport is the home to the 118th Airlift Wing and is the headquarters of the Tennessee Air National Guard.

BNA is a former hub to American Airlines, who invested $115 million into the development of a new 15-gate concourse in the mid 1980s. After December 1995, American gradually scaled back its operations at BNA, and Southwest Airlines began using the airport as a major hub. Today, Southwest dominates most of the gates at the airport.

In recent years, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority expressed interest in building out BNA's service to include more nonstop destinations, increasing cargo service, and adding more international flights. The airport authority committed $1.2 billion to BNA's renovation project called BNA Vision.

Airlines serving BNA travelers include Air Canada Express, Air Choice One, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Boutique Air, British Airways, Cape Air, Contour Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Flair Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Ultimate Air Shuttle, United Airlines, United Express, WestJet, and WestJet Encore.

Dine and shop at BNA in style! The airport features several shopping and dining options that offer both local fare and global choices. BNA displays several permanent art collections and rotating exhibits. Find a full list of exhibits here

Finding convenient and affordable parking  parking is easy with The Parking Spot. We offer reservable spots that are approximately 40% less expensive than parking on-site at BNA. Our Donelson Pike location is just a few minutes from the airport, and includes complimentary door-to-door shuttle service. Other benefits include: 
  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or TheParkingSpot.com
  • 24/7 on-call shuttle service
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Soft Hands Car Care for select parking types
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Valet parking

 Whether you are planning in advance or experiencing unexpected overnight delays, finding a place to lay your head near BNA is not difficult. Check out these nearby hotel options: 

Nashville Flight Training (801 N. Hanger Ln., Hanger #7, BNA) - Want to learn how to fly? BNA is home to this exciting flight school that has a fleet of aircrafts that include Cessnas, Pipers, Socatas, and two state-of-the-art simulators. 

Nashville Paddle Company (2901 Bell Road, at the Hamilton Creek Recreation Area) Outdoor enthusiasts will have a blast at this stand-up paddleboarding site located at the nearby lakeside waterfront boathouse. (6.0 miles from BNA) 
Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville) Enjoy one of Tennessee's best outdoor adventures at this zoological park that offers immersive habitats and a daily schedule of animal-centric activities. (7.8 miles from BNA) 
Grand Ole Opry (2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville) Honoring country music legends of the past and present, this iconic venue offers one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences and backstage tours. (8.2 miles from BNA) 

Q. Can you sleep in the Nashville airport?
A. BNA’s Minute Suites, located in Concourse D by Gate D3, are available to rent by the hour. Each suite comfortably sleeps up to two people.

Q. Can you smoke at BNA?
A. Smoking is allowed outside the airport in designated smoking areas.

Q. Is this an international airport?
A. BNA is an international airport and serves domestic and global destinations.

Q. How far is Nashville International Airport from downtown?
A. BNA is about 9 miles away from downtown Nashville.

Q. How many terminals are at BNA Airport?
A. BNA has one terminal, but there are 4 concourses within the terminal.

Q. Is there a kid-friendly area at BNA?
A. BNA has three children’s play areas (one in each terminal), and features an additional children’s play area with an aviation-themed public art installation in the Pedestrian Plaza at Terminal Garage 1.

Q. Is there a pet relief area at BNA?
A. There are two outdoor pet relief areas at opposite ends of the central terminal.

Q. Are there nursing suites at BNA?
A. BNA has a nursing room for women to feed their children in privacy. It is located in Concourse D across from Gate D4. BNA also has a Mamava nursing pod located in Concourse B, near gate B3.

Q. How many runways does BNA have?
A. BNA has four runways for flights to touch down and take off.
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