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AirTran leaving Blue Grass Airport

Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Eric Frankl says Southwest Airlines has alerted the Lexington airport that it is no longer going to offer service at the facility. Southwest acquired AirTran Airways on May 2, 2011.

Frankl says, since the acquisition, Blue Grass Airport has met with
representatives of Southwest Airlines on multiple occasions to provide information on our region, culture, tourism and business community.

Friday he said Blue Grass Airport received notification from Southwest and AirTran that its non-stop service to Orlando, Florida, on AirTran will be discontinued on August 12, 2012.

While Frankl says airport officials are disappointed AirTran will discontinue its operation in Lexington and that Southwest will not be coming to central Kentucky at this time, he says the facility will
continue to serve passengers with the strong service of existing airlines and continue to develop new opportunities.

Blue Grass Airport serves more than one million passengers annually with service to 15 non-stop destinations. Orlando will continue to be served by Allegiant Air, which Frankl says is one of five low-fare direct destinations from Lexington.

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