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Kentucky airports receive $94.5M in infrastructure grants; CVG awarded $45 million for repairs

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories. “This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth...

Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport sets record, serves nearly 1.5 million passengers during 2019

A record number of passengers traveled through Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport in 2019. As the primary air transportation provider for Central Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport saw 1,465,049 total passengers — enplanements of 735,564 and deplanements of 729,485. This is a 7.6 percent total passenger increase over 2018 and is the eighth consecutive year the airport has seen a record number of travelers. The...

Tour raising awareness of post-traumatic stress among healthcare providers to visit Lexington

The Taking Care of Our Own 2019 Tour initiative, an educational event offered for all healthcare providers to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress and the impact it can have on all individuals in the profession, will be hosted by the MedEvac Foundation, along with several partners, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport, WestLEX General Aviation Services complex,...

Commentary: Leaders of state’s three largest airports say infrastructure should be top priority in 2019

By Dan Mann, Candace McGraw, and Eric Frankl As leaders of Kentucky’s three largest commercial service airports, we understand that infrastructure investment is critical to our state’s continued economic success. Eric Frankl Our airports are critical infrastructure assets to Kentucky, supporting more than 100,000 jobs and creating a $13 billion impact for the Commonwealth and the Louisville, Lexington,...

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sponsor veterans for Honor Flight September 22

Sixty-nine Kentucky war veterans are traveling from Lexington to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22 as part of this year’s Honor Flight. Veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are set to participate in a one-day tour of memorials that are dedicated to their service and sacrifices. Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are paying all the expenses to send 34 veterans and their...

Partnership between EKU aviation program, Blue Grass Airport expands with opening of new facility

A “mutually beneficial” partnership between Eastern Kentucky University’s nationally prominent aviation program and Blue Grass Airport has taken another step forward. With the recent opening at the airport of a new facility for general (private) aviation aircraft owners, EKU students are enjoying yet another opportunity for valuable internships and part-time employment. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony...

EKU aviation program faculty/student duo earns national award for project to enhance airport safety

A faculty member and student from Eastern Kentucky University’s nationally prominent aviation program recently earned a national award for a project aimed at enhancing airport safety. Cameron Sidor, a junior aerospace management major from Richmond, and Kyle Knezevich, assistant professor of aviation, were awarded first place by the Academic Relations Committee of the American Association of Airport...

Blue Grass Airport recognized a champion of diversity at Urban League Empowerment Dinner

Blue Grass Airport was recognized as the Corporate Champion of Diversity at the 49th annual Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County Empowerment Dinner. This diversity award is presented to businesses that embrace, celebrate and apply holistic inclusion in its activities, community relations, workplace representation and in the vendors it utilizes. According to P.G. Peeples, President/CEO at Urban...

Cork & Barrel opens new bourbon and fine wine shop inside Blue Grass Airport

Blue Grass Airport welcomed local retailer Cork & Barrel as its latest partner in enhancing the passenger experience. Local officials and community members gathered for the opening of Cork & Barrel’s bourbon and fine wine retail shop Wednesday, conveniently located post-security in the gate area of the airport. With more than 100 bourbons in the shop, passengers will be able to travel...

Allegiant resumes non-stop service from Blue Grass Airport to Baltimore-Washington D.C.

Allegiant’s non-stop flights from from Blue Grass Airport (LEX) to Baltimore/Washington, D.C. (BWI) resumed Friday. If you are heading to Washington, D.C., there’s much to do. It’s just a quick trip on the Metro system from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to downtown D.C. Arrive at the destination ready to go instead of tired from driving. Plan a trip to experience Baltimore’s...

Adjusted parking options at Blue Grass Airport, rate changes, will go into effect this Monday

Passengers traveling from Blue Grass Airport will soon experience renamed parking areas and helpful parking signage throughout the lots. Effective May 22, Blue Grass Airport will simplify parking options by combining its current Short-Term and Long-Term lots into one Short-Term area and designating the current Economy lot as Long-Term Parking. In addition, later this summer, the airport will continue...

Non-stop flights from Lexington to Savannah/Hilton Head on Allegiant resume Thursday

Allegiant’s non-stop flights from Blue Grass Airport (LEX) to Savannah/Hilton Head (SAV) resume April 13. The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is located near both destinations Frequently named as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Savannah offers scenic views of emerald tree canopies, quaint cobblestone streets and magnificent architecture. And, the perfect way to end...

Blue Grass Airport to conduct full-scale emergency training exercise Tuesday; flights not interrupted

A full-scale emergency training exercise will be conducted at Blue Grass Airport on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. with approximately 300 individuals gathering to participate in the event, which is designed to test the capabilities of airport and community emergency response staff in the event of an aviation incident. In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration training requirements, the...

Blue Grass Airport sets new passenger record in 2016, exceeding 1.3 million customers

A record number of passengers traveled through Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport in 2016. As the primary air transportation provider for central Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport saw 1,309,765 passengers. This is a 5.5 percent increase over last year and is the third consecutive year the airport has seen a record number of travelers. “As we celebrate 70 years of commercial air service at Blue...

People in the News: Denning named to airport board; Communuity Bank sets new advisory board members

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board is pleased to welcome Garyen Denning as a new board member. Denning will serve a four-year term on the airport’s 10-member board. Denning is currently a managing partner of Lexington-based CRM Companies Restaurant Group. Denning oversees all operations of its Raising Canes and MOD Pizza franchises in central Kentucky and Charleston, South Carolina,...

Blue Grass Airport, Cork & Barrel announce plans to open new bourbon bar, retail store

Blue Grass Airport announced a partnership with Lexington’s Cork & Barrel Wine & Bourbon Bar to open a retail bourbon store in the airport terminal. In a prime location, beyond the security checkpoint, travelers will now have an opportunity to purchase bourbon products to take with them in their carry-on bags so Lexingtonians and visitors alike can enjoy Kentucky’s distilled spirits...

Blue Grass Airport director Frankl selected Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year

Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Eric Frankl, A.A.E., was named Kentucky Commercial Service Airport Manager of the Year at the 40th annual Kentucky Aviation Association Conference in Owensboro, Kentucky. Awarded by the Kentucky Aviation Association, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Aviation, this recognition is given to an airport manager who embodies a broad depth of knowledge...

Delta Air Lines to add year-round, non-stop service to Minneapolis at Bluegrass Airport

Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that Lexington will soon have non-stop, year-round service to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), beginning on Oct. 29, 2016. Currently offered seasonally from June through October, the Twin Cities has been a strong destination for the Lexington community and serves as a connection point to international destinations. The...

Vietnam veteran Allari featured speaker at Quarterly Lecture series at Kentucky Aviation Museum

Major Ron Allari, U.S. Army retired, will be the featured speaker at the Quarterly Lecture Series on Saturday July 16 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport, Lexington. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. Major Ron Allari (Photo Provided) Allari had a 21-year military career. Active duty assignments included special operations, engineering and Army aviation....

Blue Grass Airport announces new United Airlines non-stop service to Newark

United Airlines has launched daily non-stop service between Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Service to Newark will provide passengers with access to the Big Apple via a short train or taxi ride. “We are fortunate to add a hub destination that provides our customers with a gateway to New York City and connecting opportunities to many domestic...