Nashville sets record for number of travelers going through airport

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The Nashville International Airport set another record this year for the most travelers coming in and out of the airport.

From June 2013 to June 2014, BNA reports 10,627,239 passed through the airport either flying in or flying out.

Spokesperson Emily Richard told News 2 the increase at the airport is about 6% over last year, and that each month BNA seems to break the previous record.

According to Richard, about half of the people flying in and out of Nashville are on business, while the other half are tourists.

Williamson County Chamber of Commerce president Matt Largen said many of those travelers were doing business with some of the international headquarters located in Franklin, Cool Springs and Brentwood.

“They bring in people from across the country, whether it’s their sales force or their training,” he said. “The airport becomes more important and critical for economic development,  not just for Williamson County but the entire Nashville region.”

Williamson County is home to Nissan, Verizon, and Tractor Supply, among others.

Largen said as the county attracts other major companies, the airport is a selling point.

“Our pipeline ranges from between 30 and 35 companies that are looking to re-locate or expand in Williamson County, and we know that air service is one of the things that they look at first,” he explained.

Nashville International Airport is currently served by 10 airlines and offers 380 daily arriving and departing flights. Nashville International provides nonstop air service to 49 markets.

Richards told News 2 the increase in passenger traffic is another selling point as the airport continues to persuade airlines to add international flights.

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