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 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
|Delta Air Lines|
|Sun Country Airlines|
|Southwest Airlines (Most Flights)|
|Southwest Airlines (Some Flights)|
Cargo Aprons (Located on West End of Airport Separate of Main Terminal)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Departures (South Flow)
Departures (North Flow)
Departures (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.
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!
Thank you for stopping by!