Jun. 15, 2017

Nashville International Airport Sees Record Number of Departing Passengers in a Single Day

NASHVILLE – On Monday, June 12, more than 25,000 passengers departed Nashville International Airport (BNA) with the conclusion of the 2017 CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, setting a new single-day record for BNA, and a 10.6 percent increase over the previous record set during the comparable Monday in 2016.

In anticipation of the increased passenger volume, MNAA and TSA both added additional personnel on site at BNA throughout the weekend, resulting in security screening times never exceeding 15 minutes, with most passengers in line less than ten minutes.

“We greatly appreciate all who worked to make the travel experience at Nashville International Airport as easy and efficient as possible while a record number of travelers departed BNA these last few days,” said Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. “Focused effort from TSA, our airline partners, Airport Authority employees and our Flying Aces volunteers all contributed to remarkably quick processing times and a notably favorable impression of our city and airport.”

By the numbers:

  • Sunday, June 11: 21,654 departing passengers, 4.3 percent increase from 2016
  • Monday, June 12:
    • 25,024 departing passengers, new record and 10.6 percent increase from 2016
    • 16,733 bags processed, new record and 3.9 percent increase from 2016
  • Tuesday, June 13: 19,862 departing passengers

A typical day at BNA is approximately 18,000 departing passengers.

With more than 12.9 million passengers visiting each year, Nashville International Airport is the fourth fastest growing airport among the top 50 airports in North America and was recently named the fastest growing airport of its size in the U.S. BNA serves 390 flights daily in more than 50 nonstop markets. It is now the 33rd busiest airport in the U.S.

Note: The June 13, 2016 daily record has been updated to 22,625 departing passengers. It was previously reported as 23,841, but inadvertently included non-passenger screenings.  

About Nashville International Airport®

As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent State of Tennessee study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $9.9 billion total economic impact.  BNA supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars.

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