Lexington's Blue Grass Airport announced Wednesday that it set an annual passenger record in 2014 with a total of 1,209,327, making this the highest passenger count Lexington has seen in the airport's 68-year history.
The last record for Blue Grass Airport was set in 2004, when it served 1,168,397 passengers.
"I believe this record passenger activity is also a reflection of the overall economic vibrancy of the Bluegrass region," said Eric Frankl, executive director of Blue Grass Airport, who also praised the airport's airlines and the airport board.
Blue Grass Airport can attribute a portion of this growth to flights added in 2014. In June, American Airlines began three daily nonstop flights between Lexington and Philadelphia. In addition to being a popular tourist and business destination, Philadelphia serves as an international gateway that provides air travelers with access to more than 120 destinations.