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Airport Overview

Blue Grass Airport is a public airport in Fayette County, Kentucky. A short 6 miles west of downtown Lexington, it is located among world-renowned horse farms and situated directly across from Keeneland Race Course, Blue Grass Airport is the primary airport serving central and eastern Kentucky.

LEX airport is owned and operated by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board. It covers an area of 911 acres.

Airport Stats & Facts

  • Blue Grass Airport is the third busiest airport in Kentucky.
  • It has two runways.
  • Today, Blue Grass Airport serves more than 1.2 million passengers each year.
  • The Airport is home to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, which features more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space displaying restored aircraft and memorabilia.

Airport Traveling Tips

  • Passengers are recommended to arrive 90 minutes prior to their flight. This will provide ample time to park, check in with the airline and pass through the security checkpoint.
  • In order to make traveling hassle-free, make sure to carry all the required documents such as passport, photo identification, etc.
  • Please refer to the LEX Airport Map, before heading to the airport to board a flight.

Passenger Pickup and Drop-off

  • Passengers can be picked up or dropped-off outside the terminal.
  • However, vehicles are allowed curbside as long as they are actively loading or unloading. No parking or standing is permitted. Due to strict security guidelines, unattended vehicles will be towed.
  • Also, the best place to meet arriving passengers is in the baggage claim area on the first floor of the terminal. Visitors can wait for free in the new Cell Phone Waiting Lot (located on the driver's right side upon entering the airport via the main terminal entrance) as well.

Flight Status

  • For arriving flights: Arriving flight status provides Blue Grass Airport arrival times, gate info., delays, and time to land.
  • For departing flights: Departing flight status lists scheduled vs actual departure, flight delays, departure times, gate information, and map tracking.
  • Book a flight at LEX here, to get the best fares.

Airport Terminals

The Blue Grass Airport Terminal has three levels - Ground Level, Second Level, and Third Level, and three concourses - Concourse A, Concourse B, and Concourse C.

Concourse A

Concourse A has 4 gates - A1 to A4.

Concourse B

Concourse B has 8 gates - B1 to B8.

Concourse C

Concourse C has one gate - C1.

To see the terminal location, and for more information, please refer to the LEX Terminal Map here.

Airlines Served

Blue Grass Airport serves four airlines - Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines.

Airport Parking

Parking in all lots is subject to availability and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The acceptable forms of payments include Cash, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Short-Term Parking

The short-term parking lot is one of the convenient parking lots, especially for visitors waiting for passengers to arrive.


0-30 minutes - Free

31-60 minutes - $2

Each additional hour - $1

Daily Maximum - $15

Long-Term Parking

0-30 minutes - Free

31-60 minutes - $2

Each additional hour - $1

Daily Maximum - $12

Full Week - $72.00*

*Park six days and the seventh consecutive day is free!

Ground Transport

Passengers can choose among a variety of options for ground transportation after arriving at the airport. The various options include buses, rentals, airport shuttles, etc. In addition to this, many passengers also opt for ride services such as Uber, Taxis, and Lyft.

Car Rentals

Rental car service counters are located in the baggage claim area on the first level of the terminal. It is covered so travelers are protected from inclement weather.


Taxis are available outside the terminal by the baggage claim exit. Pricing is subject to change, and travelers are advised to contact the individual taxi company for additional information.


Public transport is an economical option to travel from LEX Airport. The Transit Authority of Lexington (LexTran) offers an express route from Blue Grass Airport to the downtown Transit Center on Vine Street. A designated pick-up location can be found curbside at Blue Grass Airport.

Amenities & Services

To make your stay amazing, Blue Grass Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:

Contact Information

Address: 4000 Terminal Drive, Lexington, KY 40510, USA


Phone: (859) 425 3100 /fax 233-1822

Blue Grass Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • In 1940, the city and county governments purchased 523 acres of farmland off Versailles Road to construct what would eventually become known as Blue Grass Field.
  • On March 6, 1941, runway construction began and progressed quickly anticipating the U.S. entering World War II.
  • On July 11, 1942, the first aircraft, an Army Air Corps B-25 bomber, officially landed at Blue Grass Field.
  • In the 1950s, a new $28,000 control tower was put into operation at Blue Grass Field.
  • Plans were made to extend two of three runways by 500 feet to accommodate turbo-prop jets.
  • In 1970, the new 78-foot FAA control tower replaced the previous one located atop the terminal building.
  • Between October 2002 and March 2003, the airport saw an increase of 23 percent, construction began on a new rental car ready-return center and safety area improvements on Runway 4-22.
  • August 2010 saw the completion of the new 4,000-foot general aviation runway.
  • The airport board completed its 2013 Master Plan Update, which launched the airport into a $60 million taxiway safety improvement program and the relocation of the Snow Removal Equipment Complex and public safety firehouse over the next decade.

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Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX) Terminals

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Lexington Blue Grass Airport Q&A

You can fly to many cities from LEX Airport. To see where you can fly, please have a look at our direct flights page.
Each traveler is permitted one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase or laptop computer.
Yes. While the official name is Blue Grass Airport, it is also referred to by its IATA code LEX.