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Blue Grass Airport is a public airport located in Fayette Countymarker, Kentuckymarker, United Statesmarker, west of the central business district of the City of Lexingtonmarker. The main terminal building was opened in 1977. The airport covers an area of and has two runways. It is also home to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. On April 18, 2007, Blue Grass Airport opened up an extension of Concourse B. The extension added six new boarding gates with 4 new jetways.

Airlines and destinations

Concourse B

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air

Gate B4

Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Continental Airlines

Gate B2

Delta Air Lines

Gates B6-B9

Concourse C

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines

Gate C4

United Airlines

Gate C1

US Airways

Gate C2

Future Service

Airlines Destinations
AirTran Airways

Gate TBD

Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando [all services begins February 11]


The airport's Master Plan includes a proposal to build a new crosswind runway, 9-27, which would replace the current 8-26. Additional land would need to be acquired to build the runway, and a possible new general aviation area would be built next to it.

Incidents and accidents

  • December 5, 1987: After suffering an in-flight engine fire en route from Dallas, Texasmarker to New York Citymarker, 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 inadvertant retraction of the aircraft's flaps, causing the jet to suddenly lose altitude.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 become 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.

Fictional Reference

Blue Grass Field was Auric Goldfinger's flight destination in the James Bond film Goldfinger

See also



  2. Goldfinger Script - transcript from the screenplay and/or James Bond movie

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