LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 31, 2017) — 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% 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 Grass Airport, we are pleased to announce that our passenger numbers continue to increase and that air service in Lexington is at an all-time high with 18 non-stop destinations on our route map,” said Eric Frankl, executive director of Blue Grass Airport. “We are fortunate to have such strong relationships with Allegiant, American, Delta and United—all of whom have invested in our community and continue to support our local business and leisure travelers—as well as a business community that makes a commitment to fly from Blue Grass Airport.”
Blue Grass Airport attributes the growth to multiple factors. In May 2016, the airport received seasonal flights on Allegiant to the new destinations of Savannah/Hilton Head and Baltimore/Washington, DC. United Airlines added non-stop daily service between Lexington and Newark Liberty International Airport, providing an excellent gateway to New York City and a great hub for those connecting to international destinations. Then, in fall 2016, Delta Air Lines upgraded its service to Minneapolis-St. Paul from seasonal to year-round, offering travelers non-stop access to the Twin Cities and connections to Canada, Japan and westbound destinations.
The year 2017 is off to an encouraging start with seasonal flights to Savannah/Hilton Head on Allegiant beginning earlier in the season compared to last year, and Allegiant’s Baltimore service will return a week earlier for those travelers seeking non-stop access to the 2017 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.