New airport cell phone/waiting area opens

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 5:48am
Staff reports

A new, larger cell phone/waiting area at Nashville International Airport is set to open today in a new location.

This change is part of the massive Terminal Access Roadway Improvements that will change driving patterns to improve traffic conditions and provide safer, more convenient access to the terminal and parking.

The cell phone/waiting area is in a new location and more than doubled in size. It gives drivers a free place to wait to pick up arriving passengers.

Download a map of parking lot changes here.

Many elements of BNA traffic patterns and parking will remain the same. The terminal building and all parking lots can still be accessed via Donelson Pike and Interstate 40. Patrons should be aware of the following significant changes, and follow traffic signs carefully:

The names of two parking lots have changed. The Long Term lot, adjacent to the Short Term garage, is now Long Term A. The former seasonal Overflow lot, east of Donelson Pike, soon will open permanently as Long Term B.

The entrance point to Long Term A and Short Term has moved, and they now share a common parking ticket dispenser station that, weather permitting, will open Oct. 28.

Short Term parkers will stop at a second parking ticket dispenser at the entrance to the Short Term garage, located 1,300 feet ahead, where they will validate their ticket to enter the garage.

TARI was designed to improve access to and from I-40 and Donelson Pike and to eliminate the need for vehicles to merge through multiple lanes of traffic over short distances. Changes will be marked with directional signage to help patrons reach their destinations.

“The traffic flow will be very different, and it will be imperative that airport visitors allow a few extra minutes, watch their speed and pay close attention to signage until they are familiar with the improved layout,” said Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

For a map of BNA roadways and parking lots, as well as up-to-date information on airport construction, visit