Lexington, KY – January 28, 2015 – Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport announced today that it set a new annual passenger record in 2014 with a total of 1,209,327 passengers, making this 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.
“This is certainly great news for our community and we definitely want to thank all of our airline partners—American/US Airways, Delta, United and Allegiant,” said Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport. “This would not have been possible without the commitment from the Airport Board to oversee the airport in an efficient, business-like manner or without the members of the business community and universities that continue to utilize Blue Grass Airport. Finally, I believe this record passenger activity is also a reflection of the overall economic vibrancy of the Bluegrass region.”
The year 2014 saw an increase of 9.5% total passengers from 2013. Blue Grass Airport can attribute a portion of this growth to new flights added in 2014. In June, American Airlines began three daily non-stop flights between Lexington and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a popular tourist and business destination, Philadelphia serves as an international gateway that provides our customers with access to more than 120 destinations.
Blue Grass Airport also experienced passenger growth with the addition of seasonal Myrtle Beach service on Allegiant. Non-stop flights between Lexington and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina provided leisure travelers with easy access and low fares to this popular destination during peak summer months. Myrtle Beach became the fifth Allegiant vacation destination from Blue Grass Airport, in addition to Orlando, Punta Gorda/Southwest Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay.
“In the year ahead, we are eager to continue serving our community in both business and leisure travel, and preparations are already underway to serve the many travelers expected for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland,” added Frankl.