More Action at the Airport

I had the opportunity last night to attend the grand opening reception of the new American Airlines Admiral’s Club at Nashville International Airport. Although I won’t be coughing up the $350 to become a full-time member of the club, I greatly enjoyed the experience. More importantly, I was able to get a feel for a lot of the improvements that are either on their way or have already arrived at BNA.

The good news is that the airport is poised to really step up its game. If you’ve flown out of BNA in the last month or so, you’ve probably already seen the huge, new flight status boards hanging on the wall directly opposite the two main entrances to the ticketing lobby. These are accompanied by new flat screen flight status monitors now being installed around the airport. Even cooler than the new technology, however, is the food that’s starting to appear on the concourses. Last night I saw the new O’Charley’s in Concourse C, along with the partially opened food court that includes Baja Burrito Express, Famous Famiglia, Burger King and Quizno’s Subs. Tasty! There was also a new Sunglasses Hut that just opened for business. These restaurants represent just the first phase of many more improvements that will be unveiled over the next two years at BNA.

And oh yeah, the Admiral’s Club. American shut down the Nashville club in 2002, right after air traffic took a nose dive post-9/11. The Nashville location was one of several around the country that shut down at that time, and is the first of those to reopen. Everyone on hand from American was very excited about the club coming back online, and it’s clear that AA has plans to ramp up service at BNA. Since they shut down their mini-hub here in 1996, AA hasn’t exactly had a large presence at the airport. Hopefully that is starting to change.

All in all, after last night I really got the feeling that Nashville’s is an airport on the rise. I’ve always enjoyed BNA’s ease of use (and short security lines) but now I might actually try to get to the airport a little earlier to enjoy some fish tacos from Baja Express!

1 Comment so far

  1. Chris Wage (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 10:12 am

    This is great to hear.. our airport has always seemed convenient and accessible, but otherwise bland..

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