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Allegiant begins season nonstop flights from Lexington to Baltimore, Savannah this week

Allegiant launched new, nonstop service from Lexington, Kentucky to Baltimore / Washington D.C. and Savannah / Hilton Head this week. To mark the new service, the company, known for its travel deals, is offering one-way fares on the new routes for as low as $39. “Allegiant is excited to provide Lexington area travelers with an ultra-low-cost option to visit these renowned destinations,” said Jude...

Viet Nam War era helicopter ‘The Cobra’ on exhibition at the Kentucky Aviation Museum

An exhibit on the Bell Helicopter model AH-1, called “The Cobra” and developed for the Vietnam War, is now open at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport, in Lexington. The Cobra was the first purpose-built attack helicopter gunship developed for the United States military, growing out of attempts to arm another Bell helicopter, the UH- 1, or “Huey”. The Cobra was the first purpose-built...

Allegiant Air adds flights from Blue Grass Airport to Savannah, Washington D.C. beginning in June

Allegiant Air announced it will add direct service from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport to Washington D.C. and Savannah, Georgia, beginning this summer. In a press release, the airline said service to Washington would begin June 3, one day after the first flight to Savannah is offered. “We’re very excited to offer residents of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region their only ultra-low-cost, nonstop...

Deadline extended for application to annual Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training

Business owners are invited to apply for the annual Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program, whose sponsors include Fayette County Public Schools. The 10-week series covers a range of topics from business planning, estimating and bidding, to contracts, legal issues, and project safety. The classes are reserved for minority- or women-owned companies with a minimum of 51 percent ownership...

United Way of the Bluegrass’ 5K on the Runway rescheduled for Saturday, June 20

  The United Way 5K on the Runway scheduled for Saturday, June 20, at Blue Grass Airport has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 27 due to inclement weather.   Participants were notified of the cancellation by email. Packets may be picked up ahead of the new race date on Friday, June 26, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue. Online registration for...

With more than $1.2 million passengers in 2014, Blue Grass Airport sets new record

Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport set a new annual passenger record in 2014, with a total of 1,209,327 passengers. That’s the highest passenger count Lexington has seen in the airport’s 68-year history.   The last record for Blue Grass Airport was set in 2004 with a total of 1,168,397 passengers.   The year 2014 saw an increase of 9.5 percent total passengers from 2013. Airport officials...

Third 5K on the Runway adds an improved, 'chip-timed' course on actual airport runway

The third annual 5K on the Runway will take place at Blue Grass Airport on June 21. (Photo from United Way of Bluegrass)   United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Airport have partnered to host the third annual 5K on the Runway, presented by BC Wood Properties on Saturday, June 21, at 8 a.m.   Community partners include LBX Link-Belt Excavator Company, WTVQ-ABC 36, BodyYou, APS Communications,...

Astronaut, UK alum Story Musgrave: ‘I never come for a triumph, I come for tomorrow’

UK alum and former astronaut Story Musgrave returned to Lexington recently to help promote a book about Blue Grass Airport. (Photo from UKNow).   By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward   When you ask UK alum and former astronaut Story Musgrave about being the only person to have traveled to space in five different shuttles, he hesitates.   “I never come for a...

United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Airport host 2nd annual 5K on the Runway

  United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Airport have partnered to host the second annual United Way 5K on the Runway, presented by BC Wood Properties on Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 AM.   Community sponsors include Bates Security, BB&T, APS Communications and Bluegrass PRIDE.   All are invited to participate in this year’s race on an updated, chip-timed course allowing the...