The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board recently commissioned an economic impact study to determine Blue Grass Airport's role as a contributor to the region's social and economic well-being. This study, conducted by a well-respected aviation consulting firm Wilbur Smith Associates, quantifies the economic contributions Blue Grass Airport provides to the community as well as numerous qualitative benefits.
Findings from the study show that the airport contributed to the employment of approximately 3,478 jobs and a total economic output of $370 million. The economic impact of Blue Grass Airport was estimated using a Federal Aviation Administration-approved methodology that has been widely accepted by the aviation industry. The analysis considers the impacts associated with airport operations, on-airport capital improvement projects, visitors who arrive via commercial airlines and visitors who arrive on general aviation/private aircraft.