Blue Grass Airport sees passenger boom

When it comes to flying the friendly skies, a lot of people chose to depart from the bluegrass for last month's trip. Officials at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport report passenger travel in April, up 21% from the same time last year.

Airport officials say more than 46,783 passengers departed Blue Grass Airport in April 2010, making it one of the airport's busiest months ever. Passenger traffic increased 21% compared to the same month last year.

Officials at Blue Grass are crediting new flights with creating the boom. “With new non-stop service from AirTran Airways to Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, additional flights from Allegiant Air and new service to Chicago on American Airlines, central Kentucky customers have been enjoying affordable options for leisure and business travel,” said Eric Frankl, executive director of Blue Grass Airport. “We are pleased to see such a strong increase in the airport’s traffic and are glad that our customers are finding attractive fares. We hope the community will continue to support these new flights in the future.”

A new airline began flying out of Blue Grass Airport just a few months ago. AirTran Airways began offering non-stop, low-cost service to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale in February 2010. Allegiant Air, also billed as a low-cost carrier, provides non-stop service to Clearwater/St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) and Orlando.

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