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Exclusive: Nashville airport runway expansion plans blocked by FAA, putting Asia flights on hold

Middle Tennessee’s rapid growth has increased demand for more and faster connections around the world from Nashville International Airport, which emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the nation’s fastest growing airports.

But the Metro Nashville Airport Authority’s efforts to add new direct international flights to Asia have been delayed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s denial of a 2021 runway expansion request and demand for more environmental studies, according to airport officials and documents obtained by The Tennessean.

Airport officials are actively working with the FAA on additional environmental reviews for ultimate approval of the extension, but FAA officials said they have yet to see justification for the project.


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