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Commentary: Airport execs say KY must invest in critical infrastructure to better connect us to world

By Eric Frankl, Candace McGraw, and Dan Mann Special to KyFoward In 2019, Kentuckians took to the skies like never before. At the Commonwealth’s three largest commercial airports — Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF), and Blue Grass Airport (LEX) — we collectively served nearly 15 million passengers. But the millions of...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...