Kentucky is home to a strong aviation community that includes 53 public use General Aviation Airports and 6 Commercial Airports.
General Aviation Airports (GA) airports do not provide regularly scheduled passenger service, but they do provide much needed access to areas across the Commonwealth. Business and corporate flyers depend on General Aviation airports for fast, reliable access to visit their facilities; freight suppliers utilize the GA network for timely movement of freight; the agriculture community depends on the GA network for crop services; and a nationally recognized aviation education program is housed at a GA airport.
Kentucky is also home to six commercial airports that are certified to provide scheduled passenger service including Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Louisville International Airport (SDF), Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport (OWB), Barkley Regional Airport (PAH), and Bowling Green-Warren County Airport (BWG). CVG, SDF, and LEX contribute more than 85,000 jobs and $9.6 billion in economic impact to the state.
Additionally, Kentucky is the only state in the nation that is home to two major air freight logistics companies who move goods through our state to the rest of the world. Due to their presence, Kentucky ranks third in the nation in total air cargo shipments.
Airports, regardless of size and service, require continual maintenance and improvements to safely serve their customers. These improvements and maintenance projects are funded through a variety of sources including the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program, Aviation Economic Development Funds, and user fees.
Maintaining and improving the Commonwealth's aviation network requires a reliable and consistent funding mechanism. Reliable, consistent funding allows Kentucky's airports to plan, design, and complete major maintenance and improvement projects that will benefit all Kentuckians.