It's been 65 years since the first commercial flight at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport. The airport noted the occasion Thursday and hailed its partnership with carrier Delta Air Lines, which took that first flight Oct. 13, 1946.
The premier flight was on a 21-passenger Douglas DC-3 airplane and arrived in Lexington from Atlanta at 8:14 a.m. It took off for Chicago shortly afterward. Upon landing, Lexington became the 26th city to which Delta provided service and Kentucky was the 12th state served, according to Blue Grass Airport.
The airport opened its first terminal building that same day, according to an airport news release.
That year, 883 passengers got on Delta flights at Blue Grass Airport. By contrast, the airline had 282,268 departing passengers from the airport last year.
To add a bit more perspective, a Delta flight from Lexington to Chicago that year cost $15.70 and took three hours, according to the airport.
The airline now offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York (LaGuardia) and Washington D.C., from Lexington. The company had also provided non-stop service to Memphis, but discontinued that in early September as it sought to add capacity to its hubs in Atlanta and Detroit, said airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill.