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Lexington airport expecting a much bigger Thanksgiving crowd than last year

Stu Johnson
Jet preparing for takeoff Tuesday Nov 23

Lots of airports across the U.S. are seeing many more travelers for Thanksgiving this year compared to 2020. That’s the case at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport.

Late morning Tuesday found a lull in big jet passenger activity at Blue Grass. Airport Spokeswoman Amy Caudill said with some schools out all week, last Friday was a busy travel day. But traditionally the day before Thanksgiving brings big crowds to terminals.

Caudill noted all airlines are offering service, but there are a couple cities not served currently. “For instance, our flights to LaGuardia New York Airport are not being served right now. They actually have a lot of construction up that way and so they have limited space and gate availability. So, we haven’t been able to start that service again,” said Caudill.

While not a full return to pre-pandemic air travel numbers, Amy Caudill said there is much more activity than a year ago. “We’re expecting about double the amount of traffic that we had last year. We’re still probably not at the point where we have reached pre-pandemic levels. There are several of our flights that haven’t returned yet and so we’re working hard to get some of those non-stop destinations back to Blue Grass Airport, so we can increase the number of travelers going through,” said Caudill.

A few keys for an enjoyable journey to your holiday destination include showing up about 90 minutes prior to flight time, wearing a mask, and being patient.

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