Nashville International Airport smashes record with 16 million passengers in 2018

Whopping 13.2 percent increase, sixth consecutive record-breaking year

16 million passengers in 2018
Nashville International Airport

NASHVILLE ─ Like a sonic boom, Nashville International Airport (BNA) smashed through its previous passenger record and today announced a new calendar year figure with nearly 16 million passengers served in 2018.

In 2018, 15,996,194 passengers traveled to and from BNA, an increase of more than 1.86 million passengers over the 2017 calendar year, representing a 13.2 percent increase, and setting a new, all-time passenger record for the sixth consecutive calendar year. 2018 was also the third calendar year in a row to add more than 1 million additional total passengers, and the first calendar year to exceed 1 million passengers in every month.

The airport is well into a dynamic, multi-year growth and expansion plan called BNA Vision, which will significantly build capacity to accommodate increasing passenger volumes. Upon its completion in 2023, BNA Vision will include additional parking, a new Concourse D, an expanded and renovated central terminal, an expanded security checkpoint, a state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility, an airport administration building, an on-site hotel and possible future transit connection. Take a virtual 360-degree tour, view renderings and watch the BNA Vision video at

Watch our year-end video here.

BNA launched a number of new initiatives and services in 2018, including:

Additional highlights in 2018 included:

BNA is currently served by 15 airlines and offers 460 daily flights. Nashville International Airport provides nonstop air service to more than 65 destinations. The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) was established in 1970, and owns and operates Nashville International Airport (BNA) and John C. Tune Airport (JWN). With more than 15.9 million passengers visiting each year, Nashville International Airport is the fourth fastest growing airport among the top 50 airports in North America. BNA serves 460 daily flights to more than 65 nonstop markets. It is the 33rd busiest airport in the U.S. MNAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA Vision, our growth and expansion plan for the airport, at