“So for the 16 million passengers we accommodate annually, that’s about 3 million coming out of Williamson alone,” says Doug Kreulen, president/ CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA).
Kreulen is himself a Williamson County resident living in Franklin, and he says much of his attention these days is focused on a $1.2 billion construction expansion project currently occurring at BNA.
“Our renovation and expansion plan is known as BNA Vision and has many components, with several completed, several underway and others still to come,” he says. “Once Vision 1.0 is finished, we’ll move to the next phase of expansion at BNA to accommodate the rapid increase in passenger traffic.”
Kreulen adds that no local tax dollars are used to fund these projects or otherwise operate the airport.
“For the most part, the money comes from the people who use the airport,” he says. “If you use BNA to travel, you are paying a small fee on your ticket that goes toward capital projects. Together with revenue collected from the airlines, parking and concessions, we have thus far been able to fund our infrastructure needs.”