Now in effect:
BNA’s terminal now operates as two terminals. To avoid delays, passengers will need to use the correct security checkpoint (North or South) to get to their gates. It’s important to match your airline with the correct terminal to be in the right place.
Once past the security checkpoint, there will be no passage between Concourses A/B and Concourses C/D. (Getting to another concourse on the other side of the airport will require exiting and going through security screening a second time.)
Know Before You Go
Each checkpoint provides access to the following airlines:
|SOUTH TERMINAL||NORTH TERMINAL|
|Allegiant||Boutique Air||Jet Blue|
|Southwest||Cape Air||Sun Country|
Watch for Signs to Direct You
Signs will be placed in the following locations to guide you to the correct checkpoint (North or South) to catch your flight:
- Airport roadways
- Inside the terminal (all levels)
Beginning October 1, 2020:
The central escalators, elevator and stairs (Levels 1, 2 and 3) will close for construction, as well as the current entrance on Level 1. New entrances and escalators will open on Level 1, on the North and South sides, providing access to all levels.
Signs will direct you to the new North and South entrances and escalators.
Beginning January 2021:
The center of the Ticketing Lobby will close for construction. Passengers will need to enter the terminal on the correct side to reach either the North Security Checkpoint or the South Security Checkpoint.
Again, signs in multiple locations will guide you to the correct entrance, the correct security checkpoint and the correct gate.
What We’re Doing
We’re making big changes to the main terminal, which means we need to close the center section for the safety of our passengers. This is a temporary change, and all concourses on the secure side will connect again when construction is complete in 2023. Upon completion, we’ll have a bigger, better BNA with:
- A pedestrian bridge connecting the Terminal Garage to the terminal building
- Expanded central security screening checkpoint (24 screening lanes)
- A state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility (6 gates)
- New marketplace just past the security checkpoint with a variety of dining, retail and service amenities
- A new look, complete with a higher roof and windows for compelling airfield views
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this change permanent or temporary?
This development is temporary, but it will last until late 2023, when construction is scheduled to be completed on the major elements of the terminal expansion and renovation.
Will this affect my arrival time? Do I need to arrive earlier than normal?
No. As always, passengers are advised to arrive in the terminal at least two hours prior to their scheduled departure.
What if my connecting flight is in another terminal?
The vast majority of arriving and connecting flights will be in the same terminal. Passengers whose connecting flights are not in the same terminal as their arriving flights will need to exit the terminal and go through the security checkpoint at the other terminal.
Will the Baggage Claim be affected by the terminal split?
No. The Baggage Claim will not be split during construction.
If my connecting flight is in a different terminal from my arriving flight, will my luggage carry over to my connecting flight?
Baggage should carry over to your connecting flight. You should not have to go to the Baggage Claim to retrieve your baggage to take with you. However, we recommend checking with your airline upon arrival, just in case.
Will this change affect where passengers are dropped off?
Watch for curbside signs on the Departures level. They will tell you where to drop off passengers, either North Terminal or South Terminal. Beginning in January 2021, the center of the Ticketing Lobby will close, making it even more important to drop off passengers at the correct terminal, as passengers will not be able to cross through the Ticketing Lobby as they can today.
Is there anything I should know about parking?
Passengers may continue to park in the garage or surface lot they prefer (Terminal Garages 1 & 2, Terminal Lot A and Valet). Click here for daily rates and more information about parking options.
How can I get assistance if I have a question?
We have two Information Center kiosks on the Departures level: one on the North side, and one on the South side. You may also call 615-275-2098 for assistance.
Why do you have to close the center lobby completely?
For the safety of our passengers, and to speed up the construction timeline. The center of the Departures level will be a construction zone with demolition and construction happening simultaneously. By phasing the construction process in this way, we will be able to reopen the center of the Departures level approximately a year earlier!
Will the terminal connect again at the end of construction?
Yes. All concourses will connect on the secure side of the airport in 2023, once construction is complete.