Nashville International Airport officials announced today Hissho Sushi has opened, the 27th restaurant at the facility.
The opening of Hissho — the name means “certain victory” in Japanese, according to the company’s website — follows Vino Volo having opened in June. Berry Field Bistro, a farm-to table and bakery concept, is scheduled to open at BNA this fall.
Operated by Bethesda, Maryland-based HMSHost, Hissho Sushi is located near the Concourse C food court. It serves appetizers, nigari, sashimi, maki rolls and specialty rolls. The restaurant’s bar serves sake, beer, spirits and wine.
“Hissho Sushi is our newest restaurant to open at BNA offering fresh, hand-rolled sushi as well as other delicious Japanese-style dishes,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said. “This is the new look of airport food, and we’re proud to offer such a diverse selection of dining options at BNA.”
Appalachian Air, which operates a non-stop air service between Nashville and Pikeville, Ky., is shutting down operations in July.
Blame the "War on Coal," the airline says:
Spokesman Luke Schmidt said, "We're certainly very disappointed that we had to take this action but it was the prudent thing to do because until the economy turns around, we just didn't see any way that we were going to be able to build this to the proper level".
Officials with Appalachian Air say their financial struggles are similar to those of many businesses in the region.
Schmidt added, "Unfortunately like a lot of businesses in the Eastern Kentucky area, we were yet another victim of the War on Coal."
The fledgling connection between Nashville International Airport and Pikeville in Eastern Kentucky isn't delivering anywhere near the expected passenger numbers. In response, the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board is considering putting $220,000 into a marketing campaign.
United Airlines and one of its main unions have struck a deal to have the airline outsource 1,150 customer service and baggage handling positions at 16 airports around the country. One of those is Nashville International Airport, although it's not clear how many local jobs are being reworked. David Koenig with the AP has the story.
The agreement, which faces voting by union members at each airport, was reached after negotiations on wages at the local level with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, United spokesman Luke Punzenberger said. He said the airline prefers to have its own employees do the work "where it makes financial sense," but "we need to ensure our costs are competitive."
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority announced today that more than 11 million passengers were served at the Nashville International Airport in 2014.
In 2014, approximately 11,039,634 passengers traveled into and out of BNA, a 6.6 percent increase compared to the figure of the previous year.
This marks the first time during its 77-year history the airport has surpassed the 11 million passenger mark, according to a release.
“Nashville International Airport continues to ascend at a record-setting pace, reaching new heights each day, month and year,” MNAA President and CEO Rob Wigington said in the release. “This underscores Nashville’s thriving economy and vibrant tourism market making Music City the destination of choice for so many. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the new year and are excited to help Nashville and Middle Tennessee continue to soar.”
Less than a year after first connecting Nashville with Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey, Frontier Airlines executives on Monday said they are cutting that flight along with three other cities, effective today. A spokesman told NJBiz that "with some cities, we are still finding what works and what does not."
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