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Nashville awards contract to upgrade its boarding bridges as traffic rises

Nashville International Airport has awarded JBT AeroTech a contract to supply it with 36 new Jetway passenger boarding bridges.

The contract, awarded after a competitive bid selection process, includes the supply of gate equipment and is estimated to be worth in excess of $20 million.

The additional equipment includes JetAire preconditioned air units, and Jetpower 400 Hz ground power units as gate improvements to the gateway's Concourses A, B, and C.

A record 11.6 million passengers passed through Nashville International Airport in 2015 – a rise of 5.7% on the previous year.

Talking about the upturn in traffic, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority's CEO, Rob Wigington, said: "It's been an extraordinary year for Nashville International Airport on so many different levels.

"Our passenger traffic continues its record-setting growth, adding to the vitality of this region and showcasing the role the airport serves as a major driver of economic development for our community.

"We will continue to work hard to improve and grow our airports and set new records in 2016."

JetBlue is set to return to the airport in the spring with the launch of non-stop daily services to both Boston and Fort Laurderdale while the airport has also recently announced the launch or planned launch of new services to Seattle-Tacoma, Oakland, Dallas Love Field, Atlantic City and Miami, with connections to Cuba, so the new jetbridges will definitely be in demand.

“JBT is proud to be selected by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority as a key partner in this transformational project," noted Dave Burdakin, president, JBT AeroTech.

JBT, acting as OEM for much of the equipment as well as overall system integrator for the gate improvements, will also be providing power upgrades, cable management systems, 28.5VDC systems, gate-box step down transformers, wheelchair lifts and baggage slides for many of the gates along with the new boarding bridges. 

The company anticipates installation activities to begin in May 2016, continuing for approximately 18 months. 



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