Nashville International Airport (BNA) this month announced plans for a free-standing satellite concourse near the main terminal to provide more gates to accommodate anticipated growth of air travel demand.

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Board of Commissioners awarded Holder Construction the contract for the 89,000-square-foot satellite concourse project and approved an initial $12.65 million contract for pre-construction services. Total funding for the project, expected to open in 2023 will be an estimated $75 million.

“While the pandemic dramatically impacted air travel this past year, the foundations of the economy in Middle Tennessee are solid, and projections indicate strong passenger growth in the years ahead,” said Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO. “This new concourse and the gates it provides will enhance our ability to meet rising market demand in the near term and facilitate our eventual expansion of Concourse A for additional growth.

The new concourse will add eight domestic gates and construction is slated to start this fall. When finished it will feature a variety of concessions, customer amenities and interior finishes complementing the signature look established by BNA’s new Concourse D. Plans also include a passenger shuttle system that will circulate between the main terminal and the new satellite concourse.