First look: Nashville International Airport unveils International Arrivals Facility and Marketplace

The IAF and BNA Marketplace complete the terminal lobby renovation, which also includes the Grand Lobby.

Nashville officials cut a "BNA" branded ribbon.

The ribbon has been cut, and travelers will soon see a big part of Nashville International Airport’s BNA Vision come to life.

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The Nashville International Airport is a BNA Visionand these photos are proof.

The International Arrivals Facility and BNA Marketplace, two key components of the airport’s renovation plan, will open on Wednesday, Sept. 27 with British Airways marking the IAF’s first international arrival. There’s no need to wing your flight, here’s what to know before your next takeoff.

Seating and globe light fixtures near a long bar with a blue sign that reads "The Titans Press Box."

The Titans Press Box is one of 15 new concepts opening in BNA Marketplace.

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What’s new?

The now complete IAF replaces the current Interim International Arrivals Building. It is part of the 400,000-sqft terminal lobby expansion and renovation. Additions include six international gates and a new Customs and Border Protection area. Pro tip: Review the airport’s non-stop destinations.

It’s no secret that the airport has placed a high priority on the retail and dining scene. BNA Marketplace is introducing 15 new concepts, bringing the total number of restaurants and stores to open since the pandemic to 85. Bonus: Half of those businesses are local, which might make that two-hour pre-flight arrival requisite a little easier. Some of the new additions include:

Black and white photos of Nashville people, places, and things are scrapbooked together to form wallpaper.

Scenes from Music City history make for a pretty great mosaic.

Photo by Larry McCormack via the Nashville International Airport

Focus on the features

You know what they say, it’s all in the details, and the airport’s design has plenty of local nods. As you exit customs, you’ll pass through an anamorphic art exhibition honoring the city’s history with images of old Hatch Show Print posters, the TSU Aristocrat of Bands, and The Bluebird Cafe.

The customs area dons a mural called “Nashville’s Rhythmic Skies” by Nashville native Eric “Mobe” Bass, which spans 1,000 sqft and celebrates Music City’s culture. We spy scenes like neon signs, BNA carpet + our local sports pros. Even the 12 faux trees dotting BNA Marketplace standing at 26 ft tall represent red maples native to Tennessee.

Two murals with Nashville-specific scenes pieced together.

“Nashville’s Rhythmic Skies” by Eric “Mobe” Bass

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What’s left + what’s to come?

  • Satellite concourse | October 2023
  • On-airport hotel | December 2023
  • Donelson Pike relocation and terminal access roadway improvements | Estimated 2026 completion

Plus, the airport’s $1.4 billion New Horizons renovation, which began last August, is expected to be completed by late 2028.

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