The Sumner County Regional Airport in Gallatin has been renamed as part of a rebranding effort that officials hope will help bring more business executives and jobs to the area.
The new name – Music City Executive – was approved by the airport’s board members last month, according to Chris Davidson, manager of the facility.
“I want this to be the executive hub for the northeast region of Middle Tennessee,” Davidson said. “If I mention Sumner County Regional Airport, no one knows where that is, but… when they see or hear Music City they know exactly where we’re located.”
The renaming is expected to help further increase air traffic at the facility, which had more than 4,300 flight operations during the last half of 2018 – an increase of approximately 111 percent from the year before, according to Davidson. Fuel sales also nearly doubled during that same period.
In 2017, airport officials signed a multi-year agreement with fixed base operator Nashville Jet to provide a range of professional aviation services for all based and transient aircraft. The move came on the heels of an extension of the airport’s runway, which took it to 6,300 ft. to allow for larger planes to use the facility.
“We are catering to the executive traffic,” Davidson said. “That’s who we’re looking to attract here, so we can attract their business here.
“My goal is to create jobs for Sumner County.”
There are currently approximately 114 planes stationed at the airport. As a result of the recent relocation of Airport Road, Music City Executive officials say they have enough room to add around 40 new hangars on the property in the coming years.
The airport also recently received a $3.2 million state-funded economic development grant to build two new 22,000-square-foot hangars, which officials hope to use to attract a business with several employees like a maintenance repair shop or a small charter operation.
Work on a new perimeter safety and wildlife fence is also expected to start later this year, which Davidson hopes will help the facility appeal to federally contracted military aircraft in the future.
“We can cater to both (executive and general aviation) communities without hindering service to either one,” Davidson added. “We are very proud of the relationship we’ve got with all of our general aviation pilots here as well and would highly encourage anybody to come check us out.”