BNA control tower reopens after closing for cleaning due to positive COVID-19 case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The air traffic control tower at Nashville International Airport was closed for cleaning Sunday afternoon after a case of COVID-19 was reported within the facility.

The Federal Aviation Administration said cleaning was scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The tower has since reopened, according to a BNA spokesperson.

The spokesperson for BNA previously told News 2 the FAA had to reroute air traffic from other areas and advised some flights may be delayed during those hours.

Passengers should check with their airline for the latest information.

The FAA released a statement to News 2, which reads:

The FAA has a robust contingency plan for every air traffic control facility, and remains positioned to quickly address the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The agency continually monitors controller staffing and traffic demand, and remains in close contact with airports, airlines and other stakeholders so we can prioritize our resources to meet the greatest demand.

Federal Aviation Administration

The Transportation Security Administration reported 48 Nashville International Airport employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Forty-five of those diagnosed were screening agents and three were non-screening TSA employees, according to the TSA.

Click here for current information about flight delays. Every FAA facility affected by COVID-19 can be found here; the site is updated daily.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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