Blue Grass Airport to offer non-stop service to Minneapolis

People flying out of Lexington's Blue Grass Airport will soon have another non-stop destination to choose from.

The airport announced Thursday that Delta will begin offering non-stop service between Lexington and Minneapolis on September 7.

"Today's announcement of Delta's new Minneapolis service is a welcome addition to our already strong Delta flight schedule," said Brian Ellestad, deputy director of air service and community relations at Blue Grass Airport, in a news release. "Our customers will now have access to another Delta hub, which will provide a convenient connection point when traveling to cities throughout the western United States, Canada and internationally."

Airport officials say the new service to Minneapolis will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Pinnacle Airlines.

The flights will use Canadair Regional Jets, which can seat up to 50 passengers.

Tickets for flights to Minneapolis will go on sale Sunday.

Meanwhile, airport officials say Delta will add more than 3,500 seats to the Lexington market between September 25 and October 10, to support travel during the World Equestrian Games.

The airline will do this by replacing some of its usual regional jets with larger aircraft and by temporarily expanding non-stop service between Lexington and New York's LaGuardia Airport, and Lexington and Washington's Reagan National Airport.

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