Delta Air Lines will launch twice-daily non-stop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky on September 7.

Delta Air Lines will launch twice-daily non-stop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky on September 7.

“Today’s announcement of Delta’s new Minneapolis service is a welcome addition to our already strong Delta flight schedule,” says Brian Ellestad, deputy director of air service and community relations at Blue Grass Airport. “Our customers will now have access to another Delta hub, which will provide a convenient connection point when traveling to cities throughout the western United States, Canada and internationally.”


The new service between Lexington and Minneapolis-St. Paul will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Pinnacle Airlines with Bombardier CRJ200LRs, which seat up to 50 passengers.

Delta Connection carriers such as Comair, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines operate hundreds of 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100s and CRJ200s. Also in Delta Connection service are the CRJ440 (a 44-seat version of the CRJ200), 64-to-70-seat CRJ700s and CRJ705s, and 80-seat-plus CRJ900s

Between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Lexington (MSP-LEX), the schedule calls for Delta Connection flight DL3994 to leave MSP at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at LEX at 6:30 p.m. local time. Flight DL4374 will depart MSP at 7:15 p.m. and reach LEX at 10:15 p.m.

In the LEX-to-MSP direction, flight DL4238 is timed to depart LEX at 7:00 a.m. and to arrive at MSP at 8:15 a.m. local time. Flight DL3848 is scheduled to leave LEX at 6:55 p.m. and to land at MSP at 8:20 p.m.

The new flights will complement existing Delta Air Lines service between Lexington and Delta’s hub cities of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit and Memphis. Delta also offers non-stop service between Lexington and New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport.

Passengers traveling between Lexington and Minneapolis/St. Paul should be able to connect conveniently to hundreds of destinations. Delta operates more than 500 daily departures from its hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul to 136 destinations worldwide, including non-stop flights to 14 international destinations.

Tickets for the new Minneapolis/St. Paul flights are available for sale from July 11 and can be purchased online at www.delta.com, by calling Delta Air Lines at 800.221.1212 or through a travel agent.

Delta Air Lines also has informed Blue Grass Airport that it plans to add more than 3,500 seats to the Lexington market between September 25 and October 10 to support increased travel expected during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The airline will increase capacity and frequencies during the three weeks of the competition by replacing 50-seat regional jet flights between Lexington and its Atlanta and Detroit hubs with larger MD-88 and DC-9 aircraft. In total, 28 scheduled 50-seat regional jet flights to Lexington will be up-gauged – 17 of the flights to 142-seat MD-88s and 11 flights to 125-seat DC-9s.

Additionally, Delta will temporarily expand its non-stop service between Lexington and New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport to daily flights from six times weekly.