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Nashville airport earns award for passenger growth in 2016

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The Nashville International Airport has received an award for having the greatest increase in passenger traffic for an airport of its size in 2016.

Last year, more than 12.9 million passengers traveled into Nashville at BNA, setting a record for the fourth year in a row.

Officials believe BNA's passenger numbers could grow by an additional million this year.

The airport earned the The Airport Traffic Growth Award from anna.ero, a news and analysis organization, because of its 11.2 percent growth in passenger traffic last year.

The award recognizes airports in four different categories based on size. BNA is in the mid-sized airport category, meaning it has 5 to 20 million passengers annually.

"BNA, like Nashville itself, is on a pace of rapid growth, and all projections indicate that trend will continue," said Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, in a news release. "The robust increase in travel demand underscores the need for BNA Vision, our dynamic growth and expansion plan designed to keep Nashville International Airport a world-class facility for today and beyond."

The airport currently has 440 flights every day to over 50 different cities.

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