The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) is set to commence an earthwork project at Nashville International Airport (BNA) in the US, marking the initial step in expanding Concourse A.

The BNA earthwork project includes the extension of the paved area or ramp next to the terminal’s north end, providing additional space for aircraft manoeuvring and parking.

The aim is to build a much larger Concourse A to support expected growth and rising air service demand.

For the first phase of the Concourse A ramp expansion project, MNAA’s board of commissioners offered a $27m contract to Eutaw Construction.

The construction work, scheduled to start next month, will focus on creating 30 acres of new space next to Concourse A by the second quarter of 2023.

Under Phase two, which is yet to be awarded, the new space will be paved and aircraft taxi lanes will be included to serve the enlarged Concourse A.

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The future Concourse A expansion contract has also not been awarded yet.

BNA president and CEO Doug Kreulen said: “Air traffic at BNA has returned to pre-pandemic levels. With even more growth projected in the years ahead, Nashville needs a bigger airport.

“A world-class Concourse A is key to our growth strategy, but we need a bigger ramp first. We’re eager for Eutaw Construction to move forward with this critical airport infrastructure project. An even bigger and better BNA is on the horizon and we’re swiftly heading toward it.”

As part of phase one of the Concourse A ramp expansion project, a 95ft depression up to grade will provide 27 acres of space for widening the current Concourse A ramp.

Upon expansion of Concourse A, the resulting surface area will be required for aircraft manoeuvring.

In a statement, BNA said: “An estimated 75,000 dump truck loads of fill material will be used to build the new space, 67% of which was harvested from BNA’s on-site stockpiles (including rock excavated from the future International Arrivals Facility site and concrete recycled from the newly reconstructed Runway 2R/20L). The remaining fill material will come from a local quarry.”

This project will be implemented under the second expansion phase at the airport.

Other projects that are underway and scheduled to be finished in 2023 are a new Hilton-branded hotel, an International Arrivals Facility as well as expansion and renovation of the terminal lobby.

BNA has also completed a few projects under the first phase that include a new Concourse D, an administrative office building, new ticketing wings and baggage claim space, as well as Terminal Garages 1 and 2.

Additionally, the second group of projects will focus on providing an increase in capacity to meet the growing demand for air travel.

These projects encompass Concourse A ramp expansion and a free-standing satellite concourse.