Your Guide to Nashville International Airport - KBNA

The Basics of Nashville!

A Gtmkm98 Airport Guide - Inspired by Other Guides across the Community!

The busiest airport in Tennessee by passenger traffic and second busiest by cargo traffic (behind Memphis, of course), and a focus city/major city for both Allegiant and Southwest Airlines, Nashville International Airport is ‘easy’, just like Keith Carradine sang in the classic movie Nashville (1975).

Unless there is an event or such, Nashville Int’l is next to empty on Infinite Flight - and that’s unfortunate. In this post, I will explain basically everything you need to know about this amazing airport. Without further ado, let’s get’er done!

The Terminal

The commercial terminal at Nashville’s Airport is located at the north-central part of the airport, right in between two of the airport’s primary runways.

Airlines at Each Concourse


West Wing

Concourse A
Boutique Air
Cape Air
Spirit Airlines
Air Canada
United Airlines
Concourse B
Frontier Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Sun Country Airlines

East Wing

Concourse C
Allegiant Airlines
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Southwest Airlines (Most Flights)
Concourse D
Southwest Airlines (Some Flights)

Cargo Aprons (Located on West End of Airport Separate of Main Terminal)

North Apron


South Apron

DHL Aviation

Runways/Traffic Routes

Nashville Airport has four runways, each of which has a very different purpose based on traffic flow. I will cover this from west to east.

Runway 13/31

At 11030 x 150 ft., this is the longest runway at Nashville. This runway suits the airport for larger arrivals (like the currently suspended British Airways 789 to London). Its primary use is during crosswind flows.

On the 13 end, the runway is only equipped with an RNAV (GPS) approach. However, this approach gives you amazing views of downtown Music City as you descend to trade-off the limited approach style. Remember, you can always do a visual!

The 31 end, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. It is Category I ILS equipped, RNAV (RNP) equipped, and RNAV (GPS) equipped. It is often used, even though it conflicts with regular traffic flows.

Finally, in terms of departures, it is frequently used and is good for any plane.

Runway 2L/20R

This is the shortest and westernmost primary runway at the airport. In terms of arrivals, this runway is suited well in both directions (landings on 2 and 20 ends) for westerly arrivals.

On the 2L end, this runway is Category III ILS equipped, RNAV (RNP) equipped, and RNAV (GPS) equipped, meaning it caters to any kind of approach commonly used or needed at this airport.

On the 20R end, this runway is Category I ILS equipped, RNAV (RNP) equipped, and RNAV (GPS) equipped, once again proving its usefulness.

In terms of departures, this runway is used for most departures to the west (including southwest and northwest).

Runway 2C/20C

This is the center runway of the airport, and its southernmost runway. This runway is unidirectional, but it also isn’t. It acts as a ‘cannon’ or ‘vacuum’ based on direction, in a sense.

On the Runway 2C end, this runway can be used as a ‘vacuum’, a good runway for arrivals due to its location (after landing, you can just hop, skip, and jump to the concourses; especially the east wing). This end is equipped with Category I ILS, RNAV (RNP), and RNAV (GPS) approaches. Its location makes it easy for arrivals from each southerly direction (south, southeast, and southwest).

On the Runway 20C end, this runway functions as a ‘cannon’, taking you right out of the airport complex as you depart, making it easy to immediately turn in any southerly direction without interfering with operations. Unfortunately, landing on this end would be extremely rare, as its location only allows for RNAV (GPS) approaches. Simply put, do not land on this end unless told to by ATC.

Runway 2R/20L

This runway has just recently reopened after required renovations were performed this past year and a half.

This runway is the easternmost runway at the airport, making it sensible for landings in easterly directions (east, northeast, and southeast). However, its location away from the terminals makes it inconvenient in more ways than one.

On the 2R end, this runway is Category III ILS equipped, RNAV (RNP) equipped, and RNAV (GPS) equipped.

On the 20L end, this runway is Category I ILS equipped, RNAV (RNP) equipped, and RNAV (GPS) equipped.

Traffic Routes

Departures (South Flow)

Runway 20L

Runway 20C

Runway 20R

Departures (North Flow)

Runway 2R

Runway 2C

Runway 2L

Departures (Crosswind Flows)

Runway 13

Runway 31


North Flow

South Flow

Crosswind Flows

Note: Cargo traffic routes are not included as there is very little real cargo action at Nashville. Sorry for the inonveniences.


As with most airports of its size, SIDs and STARs are paramount to a good experience at Nashville. If there are any major changes in the SIDs and STARs at Nashville, I will try to update this page to meet them - however, I do not anticipate many updates as SIDs and STARs have remained relatively the same here for several years.


Nashville uses what I call ‘Vector SIDs’, just like Charlotte or Washington - Dulles. This means that you will climb at assigned heading upon rotation and expect vectors to your assigned RNAV track. These tracks are seen around this picture.
Below, you will see a guide to each of the SIDs above.

SID Name Named After Serves
GDOGG3 Unknown Milwaukee, Minneapolis - St. Paul, Indianapolis
KRSTA3 Unknown Chicago-Area Airports, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh
CHADM3 Unknown New York-Area Airports, Philadelphia, Boston, London
TAZMO3 Unknown Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Washington-Area Airports, Norfolk
EVVAN3 Unknown Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston
TIPPN3 Unknown Florida Peninsula, Cancun
FLAME3 The Nashville Flame Birmingham (AL), Mobile (AL), Florida Panhandle, Some Cancun Flights
DRURY3 The Drury Plaza New Orleans, Houston-Area Airports, Jackson (MS)
DANLS3 Jack Daniels Distillery Memphis, DFW-Area Airports, Lower West Coast
PARDN3 Dolly Parton, Parthenon, or ‘Pardon’ Oklahoma City, Central West Coast, St. Louis, Kansas City, Las Vegas
HGGRD3 Merle Haggard Denver, Seattle, Upper West Coast
Nashville 7 Nashville Airport All Turboprop Departures; Any Destination

After departure, you will climb and maintain 4000ft. You will maintain this until cleared higher by ATC or the flight time reaches 5 minutes.


Nashville uses RNAV STARs only, their non-RNAV STARs were abolished a few years ago. These STARs serve basically any destination possible.
However, I do suggest putting the transition routes in by hand instead of loading them in through the game, as these contain improper altitudes and omit the primary waypoints after the main waypoint of the STAR. However, putting the main part (past the main waypoint) in through the game is okay. I also suggest using this link to look at the charts for more accuracy and customization: BNA - Nashville International Airport | SkyVector

Below, you will see a guide of the STARs and where they serve.

STAR Name Named After Serves
RYMMN2 The Ryman Auditorium Upper and Central West Coast, Chicago-Area Airports, St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis
PASLY4 Brad Paisley London, New York City-Area Airports, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit
SWFFT2 Taylor Swift Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Florida Airports, Cancun, Atlanta, Birmingham
CHSNE2 Kenny Chesney Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Lower West Coast, Memphis, Birmingham

Use of IAPs

Nashville is very interesting when it comes to approaches. It interchanges use of Visual, ILS, GPS, and RNP approaches fairly often, leading to potential confusion.

IMG_E0524 (2)

Does this picture scare you? Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it looks. The chart below will explain this spiderweb in much greater detail.

Approach Type Frequency How They Are Used
Visual Common Used via vectors from ATC, performed with vectors from any STAR.
RNAV (RNP) Common RNAV (RNP) Approaches bridge right into STARs at Nashville, which is why I prefer to use them when Nashville is uncontrolled on IF.
ILS Fairly Common Requires vectors from end of STAR routing, often used on busier days.
RNAV (GPS) Uncommon Used only in certain circumstances, requires vectors like the ILS approaches from the STAR routes.

And with that, we are at the end of the current rendition of this airport guide. I give a special thanks to @TheExDid_HD for being the inspiration for my layout, @Thunderbolt for inspiring me to enhance my airport guides, and viewers like you!

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I Love this!

I almost want to fly to Nashville right now just to use this!