Blue Grass Airport
Blue Grass Airport
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board
Operator Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board
Serves Lexington, Kentucky
Location Fayette County
Elevation AMSL 979 ft / 298 m
Coordinates 38°02?11?N 084°36?21?W / 38.03639°N 84.60583°W / 38.03639; -84.60583Coordinates: 38°02?11?N 084°36?21?W / 38.03639°N 84.60583°W / 38.03639; -84.60583
Website bluegrassairport.com
Map
LEX is located in Kentucky
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LEX is located in the US
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Location of airport in Kentucky / United States
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,004 2,135 Asphalt
9/27 4,000 1,219 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations 69,485
Based aircraft (2015) 107
Passengers 1,245,251
Source: Blue Grass Airport[1]

Blue Grass Airport (IATA: LEXICAO: KLEXFAA LID: LEX) is a public airport in Fayette County, Kentucky, 4 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 1.2 million passengers depart or arrive annually at Blue Grass Airport. In 2016, the airport served 1,245,251 passengers via four major airline carriers: Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.[2]

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.[3] 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 flight, which all aboard except the co-pilot were killed after an attempted take-off from the wrong, shorter runway.[4] 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.[5] 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 Louisville International Airport (3.4 million passengers/year) and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (6.3 million passengers/year).

Airlines and destinations

Passenger airlines

Airlines Destinations Refs
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Baltimore, Myrtle Beach, Savannah
[6]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia [7]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [8]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, New York-LaGuardia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington-National [8]
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark [9]

Statistics

Top destinations

Busiest Domestic Routes from LEX (Jun 2016 - May 2017)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 178,000 Delta
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 81,000 American
3 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 80,000 American, United
4 Detroit, Michigan 54,000 Delta
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 42,000 American
6 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 41,000 Allegiant
7 Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Florida 33,000 Allegiant
8 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 24,000 American
9 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 23,000 Allegiant
10 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 23,000 Allegiant

Airline market share

Largest Airlines at LEX (Nov 2015 - Oct 2016)[10]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 ExpressJet 266,000 21.21%
2 Allegiant Airlines 251,000 20.01%
3 Delta Air Lines 217,000 17.31%
4 PSA Airlines 155,000 12.35%
5 Envoy Air 83,650 6.66%

History

Blue Grass airport opened with a star-shaped layout. In World War II it was used by pilots training at Bowman for dead-stick landing practice in preparation for glider assaults.[11]

Accidents and incidents

  • December 5, 1987: After suffering an in-flight engine fire en route from Dallas, Texas to New York, the flight crew of a Hawker Siddeley HS.125 business jet, registration number N400PH, touched down short of the runway while attempting an emergency landing at Blue Grass Airport. The jet crossed a highway and struck an automobile, utility poles, and 2 fences, killing the pilot and co-pilot, and injuring both passengers in the aircraft and 2 people in the automobile. The accident was attributed to the crew's inadvertent retraction of the aircraft's flaps, causing the jet to suddenly lose altitude.[12][13]
  • November 1993: The flight crew of an unidentified commercial jet at Blue Grass Airport was cleared for takeoff on Runway 22 but mistakenly lined up at the shorter Runway 26 instead. Tower personnel noticed the mistake and cancelled the aircraft's takeoff clearance just as the crew realized their error. The aircraft subsequently made a safe departure from Runway 22.[14]
  • August 30, 2002: A Learjet 35C, registration number N45CP, overran Runway 4 on landing, killing 1 passenger and seriously injuring 4 other occupants of the aircraft. The accident was attributed to the pilot's application of additional forward thrust after failing to properly deploy the jet's thrust reversers.[15]
  • August 27, 2006: Comair Flight 5191, a Bombardier CRJ-100ER operated by regional carrier Comair on behalf of Delta Connection, overran Runway 26 and crashed after being cleared to take off from the much longer Runway 22. There were 49 fatalities, with the first officer, James Polehinke, being the only survivor.
  • March 25, 2009: A Cessna 182, registration number N4871N, crashed 3 mi (5 km) west of Blue Grass Airport, killing the pilot and sole occupant. The pilot apparently became disoriented during the landing approach after losing electrical power in densely clouded IFR conditions, but the cause of the crash had not been positively determined as of September 2009.[16]
  • March 25, 2010: A medical helicopter, Eurocopter EC135, had to make an emergency landing at Blue Grass Airport on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. The chopper, with a patient on board, skidded to a stop along a grassy area next to a runway after one engine lost power. There were no reports of injuries, but emergency vehicles flooded the area moments after the helicopter landed.
  • March 9, 2011: NASCAR driver Greg Biffle and two others were unhurt after the landing gear of the private plane, Falcon 20,[17] they were flying collapsed as the plane landed at Blue Grass Airport in the morning. The incident happened at about 11:00 AM, when a mechanical failure during the landing caused the aircraft to skid to a stop on the runway, which is the main runway at the airport. The plane was en route to Lexington from Statesville, North Carolina.
  • December 21, 2011: An AirTran Boeing 717 carrying 106 passengers had engine trouble on its way from O'Hare International Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and safely landed at Blue Grass Airport just after 4 p.m. An AirTran spokesperson says the captain shut the engine down during flight and diverted to Lexington. Crews replaced that engine overnight. There were no reported injuries.

Popular culture

Blue Grass Field was Auric Goldfinger's flight destination in the James Bond film Goldfinger.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Passenger statistics". Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ Blue Grass Airport Passenger Statistics
  3. ^ 2013 Passenger Statistics Blue Grass Airport. Retrieved 2014-05-19
  4. ^ http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/crime/article44122647.html
  5. ^ Blue Grass Airport Economic Impact Study 2011
  6. ^ "Allegiant Air". Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Lexington, KY: Blue Grass (LEX) RITA. Retrieved February 11, 2017
  11. ^ James A Clark Jr. Jim Clark Soldier Farmer Legislator. p. 45. 
  12. ^ "NTSB Probable Cause Report ATL88MA053". National Traffic Safety Board. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Staff writers (1987-12-06). "2 Killed, 4 Injured in Kentucky Plane Crash". The Dallas Morning News. 
  14. ^ "NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System report #256788". NASA. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "NTSB Probable Cause Report NYC02FA177". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "NTSB Preliminary Report ERA09FA215". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Small_plane_crash_leaves_runway_at_Bluegrass_Airport_shutdown_117657778.html
  18. ^ Goldfinger Script - transcript from the screenplay and/or James Bond movie

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