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Louisville Will Now Have Direct Flight To LAX

Posted at 4:36 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 16:36:35-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) – An American Airlines daily nonstop flight between Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will boost business travel options for multiple regions of Kentucky.

Tickets for the seven-day-a-week nonstop roundtrip flight, which will use a 128-seat Airbus A319, go on sale Nov. 5 and service will begin April 2. The flight is scheduled to depart SDF at 7:24 a.m. and arrive at LAX at 9 a.m. The nonstop return flight is scheduled to depart LAX at 10:55 p.m. and arrive at SDF at 6:02 a.m.

Governor Matt Bevin says the move will help Kentucky’s economy.

“To recruit business and grow jobs, we must make it easy to get to and from Kentucky as directly and quickly as possible. This new flight by American Airlines adds another great option for people to travel from LAX to Louisville and surrounding communities,” Gov. Bevin said. “Currently, it takes the better part of a day to reach Louisville from Los Angeles, causing an economic development pinch point for much of the Bluegrass State. This new route, built around a business traveler’s schedule, will benefit companies already here in Kentucky and serve as a powerful economic development tool in recruiting additional corporate investment from the West Coast and Asia.”

For people – particularly business travelers in Western, Southcentral and Central Kentucky – wishing to access the key West Coast market, the new route provides a fourth nonstop Kentucky-to-LA flight. Currently Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) offers three nonstop flights to LAX.

As the commonwealth courts additional Japanese investment and charts increasing interest from companies in China, South Korea, Thailand and India, nonstop flights connecting LAX to Kentucky will play all the more vital of a role.

Similarly, Kentucky is home to 220 European-owned facilities, which employ more than 37,000 people. LRAD’s goal of bringing additional East Coast nonstop flights to Louisville will better connect much of Kentucky with key European markets.