Blue Grass Airport
|Owner||Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board|
|Operator||Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board|
|Elevation AMSL||979 ft / 298 m|
Source: Blue Grass Airport
Blue Grass Airport (IATA: LEX, ICAO: KLEX, FAA LID: LEX) is a public airport in Fayette County, Kentucky, 6 miles west of downtown Lexington. Located among world-renowned horse farms and situated directly across from Keeneland Race Course, Blue Grass Airport is the primary airport serving central and eastern Kentucky. More than 1.3 million passengers depart or arrive annually at Blue Grass Airport. In 2017, the airport served 1,316,847 passengers via four major airline carriers: Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
The airport covers 911 acres (3.69 km2) and has two runways. On August 4, 2010, a new 4,000 foot runway, 9/27, opened replacing the previous 3,500 foot runway, 8/26. The previous runway, which is in a similar location as the new runway except that it overlapped runway 22, was removed after a 2006 crash of a Delta Connection flight, during which all aboard except the co-pilot were killed after an attempted take-off from the wrong, shorter runway. Blue Grass Airport is home to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, which features more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space displaying restored aircraft and memorabilia. The current main terminal building opened in 1977. On April 18, 2007, Blue Grass Airport opened an extension of Concourse B, adding six boarding gates with four new jet bridges.
Blue Grass Airport is a catalyst for economic growth in the region, contributing to both the Lexington area and other parts of Kentucky. The airport is an important component of Lexington's economy, providing 3,478 jobs for Lexington and an annual economic impact of $370 million. In addition to commercial passenger service, the airport also offers corporate and general aviation services, including a newly constructed general aviation terminal, U.S. Customs, charter flights, aircraft maintenance, hangars and flight instruction.
The airport is the third busiest airport in Kentucky, behind Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (8.8 million passengers/year) and Louisville International Airport (3.8 million passengers/year).
|Allegiant Air|| Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater|
Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Myrtle Beach, Savannah
|American Airlines||Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia|||
|Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, Washington-National|||
|United Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, Washington-Dulles|||
|2||Chicago, Illinois||85,050||American, United|
|3||Charlotte, North Carolina||79,060||American|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||41,950||American|
|7||Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Florida||30,060||Allegiant|
|9||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||22,500||Allegiant|
|10||St. Petersburg, Florida||22,200||Allegiant|
|2||Delta Air Lines||215,000||17.10%|
|3||Envoy Air (American)||146,000||11.56%|
|5||PSA Airlines (American)||130,000||10.35%|