NASHVILLE, Tenn. ─ Three major airlines have announced additional flights to Nashville International Airport, extending a strong summer of increased air service at BNA with new routes to Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles.
The announcements coincided with another positive passenger report, released at Thursday’s MNAA Board of Commissioners’ meeting: BNA has experienced 25 consecutive months of passenger growth, comparing monthly totals to the same month in the previous year. Last month was the best August on record since the days of the American Airlines hub (1987 - 1996).
“BNA was the fourth fastest growing among the top 75 airports in North America last year, and our growth continues,” MNAA President/CEO Rob Wigington said. “New air service is one of our top priorities and the new flights recognize Nashville’s thriving business and visitor markets.”
Southwest Airlines will add one daily nonstop flight to Boston Logan, beginning Feb. 14, 2013. This new flight is in addition to the one daily nonstop launched by Southwest on Aug. 12. Previously, Boston had been the largest market with no nonstop service from BNA. The flights will leave at 11:50 a.m. and 9 p.m. from BNA, and 10:05 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. from Logan.
This marks the fourth time in the past four months that Southwest has announced an expansion of its air service to Nashville, including two new daily nonstop flights each to New York LaGuardia (Jan. 6) and Newark International Airport (March 9).
United Airlines announced two new daily nonstop flights to Nashville from its Cleveland hub, beginning Dec. 19. The new flights will depart from BNA at 11:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., and the return flights from Hopkins International Airport are at 8:55 a.m. and 5 p.m. United thus filled a gap in its air service, as Nashville had the most travelers of any city not served by its Cleveland hub.
Nashville-to-Cleveland passengers may now choose from two carriers and six flights. Southwest offers four daily nonstop flights from BNA to Hopkins International.
In April, American Airlines announced a new seasonal daily flight (June 14 through Aug. 20) to Los Angeles International Airport. Based on passenger response, American has decided to offer this flight throughout the year. American now has two daily flights connecting Nashville and Los Angeles, leaving BNA at 7:10 a.m. and 6:10 p.m., and leaving LAX at 11:15 a.m. and 10:50 p.m.
Nashville International Airport is currently served by nine airlines and offers 374 daily arriving and departing flights. Nashville International provides nonstop air service to 51 markets. Visit www.flynashville.com for more information.