What is the Favorite Airline of Kentucky Residents?

Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Kentucky’s biggest international airports in Hebron and Louisville are coming off record years of passengers served.

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport saw 8.7 million passengers in 2023, after serving 7.6 million in 2022. Meanwhile, the Muhammad Ali International Airport saw a 25% rise in customers flying out of Louisville at 4.6 million passengers.

We wanted to know which airlines passengers are searching for the most. Utilizing Google Trends, BetKentucky.com took a break from Kentucky sports betting and analyzed the most popular airlines of Kentucky residents by looking at the search results of each airline over the last 90 days (December to March).

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Favorite Airlines of Kentucky Residents

RankAirlineInterest Over Time
1Delta Air Lines86
2American Airlines76
3Spirit Airlines55
4Southwest Airlines31
5Allegiant Airlines27

Delta Tops the List in Kentucky

Delta Air Lines, which hasn’t considered its CVG operations a hub in several years, still has a high volume of passengers in Northern Kentucky. And it’s No. 1 on the list from Google Trends.

According to SpectrumNews1.com, the CVG airport provided an economic impact of $9.3 billion in 2022 based on data from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center. That’s a $6 billion increase in the past 10 years, so that growth has proved beneficial to the entire area.

Three of the other four favorite airlines also provide service from CVG, including American Airlines at No. 2, Southwest Airlines at No. 4 and Allegiant Air at No. 5.

Spirit Airlines, known for its low-price, no-frills service, has service from Louisville, and it comes in at No. 3 on the most-searched airline in Kentucky.

Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport, which plans to open a new terminal this fall, is the other major airport in Kentucky. The top airlines that use the airport are Delta, American and Allegiant. The Blue Grass website touts three new flights to Destin, Florida, just in time for spring and summer getaways, although you’ll have a wider variety of March Madness wagers by sticking close to home with Kentucky betting apps. Lexington also promotes 70 connections to Denver for skiing and other outdoors fun. 

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Douglas Pils

Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.

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