Airport usage up dramatically in October

Bolstered by visitors to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington's Blue Grass Airport announced Wednesday that October was one of its busiest months in history. The airport had more than 56,000 passengers departing. Total passenger traffic for the month was up 35.4 percent compared to October 2009, and passenger boardings was up 39.2 percent, airport officials said in a news release.

The Games, which happened in September and October, led to 18 special event charter flights and more than three times the average private aircraft activity, airport officials noted.

The higher numbers also were linked to recently acquired non-stop service by U.S. Airways to New York's LaGuardia Airport and by Delta Air Lines to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.