Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport is classified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a primary, small hub airport (U.S. Department of Transportation, 2014). Blue Grass serves over one million passengers each year and occupies approximately 1,000 acres. The airport offers commercial flights to destinations worldwide and also provides a variety of corporate and general aviation services including U.S. Customs cargo inspection, flight instruction, charter aircraft, airplane maintenance, aircraft storage and more (Airport History, n.d.). It is also home to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. The Blue Grass Airport provides aviation facilities for commercial air passenger, cargo, private, and military users of the Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area and central Kentucky. The airport hosts the following air carriers: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, United Express, and U.S. Airways. Together, commercial service operations average 80 daily departures to 15 non-stop destinations (Airlines, n.d.). Average daily operations (including general aviation aircraft) total 180 per day (Blue Grass Airport, 2015).
As interest in air travel and air transport of cargo and mail grew in the late 1930’s, Lexington city officials began advocating for a municipal airport to facilitate private travel, support business, and help provide for national defense. In 1940 it formally began the process to establish today’s Blue Grass Airport. It began with the purchase…