Airline Merger Could Hurt Blue Grass Airport

May 10, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The head of Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport is predicting that US Airways will eventually acquire the struggling American Airlines, and he’s not looking forward to that merger.

American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in November. Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport, says a deal between American and US Airways may have a negative impact on central Kentucky travelers.

“We did lose cities when Northwest and Delta merged. So the concern is, if they merge, will we continue to have service to Charlotte, Chicago and Dallas, or would they drop one of those cities? It’s way too early to tell. It may take a couple of years before we know the answer to that. It’s just something we keep on our radar and pay attention to.”

This August, AirTran is discontinuing its non-stop service from Lexington to Orlando, which follows the merger of AirTran and Southwest Airlines. Frankl says Blue Grass Airport will still offer flights to Orlando through Allegiant Air.