Low-cost airline adds nonstop flights to Louisville

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky A new carrier from JetBlue founder David Neeleman picked Louisville for its debut flight network. Low-cost airline service for Breeze Airways to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) includes nonstop flights starting at $39. Nonstop flights from Louisville to Charleston, S.C., and Tampa, Fl. start this week. Beginning July 15, […]

Kentucky sets the example for large-scale freezer farms

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Logistics operators are feeling the heat from the growing health care industry. Pressure for expedited pharmaceutical delivery and transportation has increased over recent years and the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the need. As a global air hub, Kentucky now has one of only two large-scale freezer farms in the […]

Kentucky celebrates Black History Month through aviation, art and culinary history

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky This February, Black History Month comes at a time when we need it more than ever. All month-long restaurants, shops and airports all over Kentucky are joining in to celebrate the history, achievement and culture of Black Americans. Although 2020 proved we have a long road ahead, 2021 has shown […]

COVID-19 pandemic transforms air cargo industry

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Airports across the U.S. are devoting more space to freight shipment as online shopping surges in the pandemic and transforms the industry. And one of the largest hubs is coming to Kentucky. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has been experiencing a 60% drop in passenger traffic with 15,000 fewer […]

Local leaders outline Kentucky’s infrastructure needs as top legislative priority for 2021

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky In a recent webinar and transportation update hosted by Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), eight local transportation leaders discussed the need for additional funding to spur economic growth and preserve Kentuckians’ quality of life. “It can be a downtown streetscape project, replacing an outdated rural bridge, or even just seeing a […]

Study shows impact of Louisville airports

Louisville’s airports continue to drive business and fuel the regional economy, according to a recent economic and fiscal impact survey. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) and Bowman Field Airport (LOU) were part of a study conducted by Meench & Shanker, LLC to assess the sum of business activities directly related to operations at both airports […]

Kentucky airports receive funding for infrastructure investments

Nine airports across Kentucky will invest in infrastructure projects thanks to grant funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). More than $93 million is coming to the Bluegrass State for safety improvements, expansions, major runways and taxiways. The FAA awarded more than $1 billion to improve hundreds of airports across the U.S. Map of national […]

Lawmakers receive update on Kentucky transportation funding needs

Now is the time for increased investment in all modes of transportation, according to Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT). Chairman Grant Gabbard, former chair Mark Day and KBT leaders testified before Kentucky legislators recently to demonstrate how funding for multi-modal transportation projects can accelerate recovery in times of economic downturn. In recent sessions with state senators […]

Transportation experts outline critical needs of Kentucky infrastructure

During a recent mid-year update by Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), industry leaders talked about the current state of transportation, the effects of COVID-19 on funding and the path forward. “Transportation has always been a force for economic progress,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray, who gave practical insight into triumphs and shortfalls of the […]

Rebuilding our economy – and our infrastructure

It’s perhaps difficult to see any good coming from the double whammy of a global pandemic and economic recession. But from crisis comes opportunity. America needs to invest in infrastructure of all kinds – highways, transit, airports, water and sewer, broadband, energy and more. That was true before COVID-19 began killing people and economies. It’s […]

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport breaks cargo records

UPS Worldport

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport saw its biggest year ever for worldwide cargo in 2019. The Louisville-area airport was ranked No. 4 worldwide and No. 2 in North America for busiest cargo airports last year. Home to UPS Worldport, Louisville also serves as the base to UPS Airlines, the fourth largest cargo airline in the world. […]

Public involvement starts May 20 for I-65/I-264 Interchange Planning Study

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) needs public input for a planning study of the I-65/I-264 interchange in Jefferson County. The public can watch a short project overview video and fill out an interactive questionnaire to help identify problem areas of the interchange. Responses will be accepted May 20 through June 20. SUBMIT QUESTIONNAIRE The I-65/I-264 interchange had […]

Paducah’s Barkley Airport awarded $5 million for new terminal

Barkley Regional Airport

The state has announced a $5 million contribution to support a new airport terminal in western Kentucky. The expansion at Barkley Regional Airport will improve access, enhance customer service and encourage growth at the Paducah airport. The long-awaited project is now one step closer to completion. The $5 million award from the Kentucky Department of Aviation added […]

Louisville airport tops passenger record

2019 was the busiest year yet for the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Nearly 300,000 more travelers visit the airport than the previous record. 4.2 million total passengers traveled through SDF in 2019 including a record-high 14,510 passengers on the day after the Kentucky Derby. Officials attributed the uptick in travelers to the addition of several […]

Kentucky groups call on legislators to increase transportation funding

Three Kentucky groups are urging lawmakers to increase infrastructure funding for transportation during the 2020 session. Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky League of Cities and Kentucky Association of Counties released a statement calling on transportation investment legislation including improvements to roads and bridges. The call follows the failure of a proposal to increase investment in […]