Allegiant, the Las Vegas-based airline and travel company, plans to invest $50 million in a new operations base at Nashville International Airport (BNA). The investment will see the travel company create 66 new, high-wage jobs and provide a base for two Airbus aircraft.
Underlining that he welcomed Allegiant’s investment in the region, Doug Kreulen, Nashville Airport’s president and CEO said: “Generating jobs and economic activity and providing competitive air service confirms the strategic direction of BNA and the highly impactful role the airport plays in the economic vitality of Middle Tennessee.”
The music city (as Nashville is fondly referred to) will become the airline’s 19th aircraft base with Allegiant planning to begin its base operations there in February 2020.
“Making vacations accessible is at the heart of everything we do,” said Keith Hansen, Allegiant’s vice president of government affairs. “As a premier destination for visitors from all over the world, and a growing, diverse city attracting new residents, Nashville hits all the right notes for an Allegiant base. Having locally-based aircraft and crews will give us a wide range of options for new service, meaning more opportunities for affordable and convenient nonstop flights.”
As well as a booming music scene, Nashville’s prominent industries include health care, distribution, automotive, hospitality and entertainment. The 24th most populous US city with 670,000 residents, Nasvhille hosted more than 15.2 visitors in 2018 alone.
BNA is one of the fastest growing airports in North America with more than 17 million passengers visiting each year. In 2018 the airport generated more than $7.1 billion in total economic impact, supported by more than 67,000 jobs in the region.