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Private jet influx expected for Kentucky Derby
As the Kentucky Derby approaches, so the airport of Louisville International is gearing up for the busiest week of its year. Air Charter Service reckons there were more than 1,500 private jet movements this time last year.
ACS Americas president Richard Thompson expects a stack of racing enthusiasts to fly in to Louisville for the Derby.

The relatively small airport of Louisville International is situated approximatele three miles away from the Kentucky Derby race track. While it usually only handles domestic passenger flights it is, due to its convenient location within the US, the third busiest cargo airport in the country. According to WingX figures the airport sees a small number of private flights on a daily basis, averaging less than 20 departures a day. But during the week of the derby, the airport handles 10 per cent of its annual private jet traffic with as many as 500 aircraft movements on the busiest day. 
Air Charter Service Americas president Richard Thompson says: “We always see exceptionally high demand for private jets at the beginning of May until the race, which is the highest attended horse race in the US. The 10 furlong race is dubbed 'the most exciting two minutes in sports' and is worth a cool $1.86 million to the winner. 
“We analysed the WingX figures over the course of the week Monday, 30 April to Sunday, 6 May 2018. There were a total of just over 1,500 private jet movements, making up 10 per cent of the total annual figure for the airport. Most of the flights were short hops of less than an hour and a half, with the two most popular routes being out of and back into the New York airports of Teterboro and Westchester County.”
The airport is served by Atlantic Aviation FBO, which has recently undergone a comprehensive renovation. Regional VP of operations Jay Hamby adds: “Atlantic has partnered with the airport and customs and border patrol to create a new state of the art general aviation facility for international clearing. This facility will enhance the premium offerings we are able to provide both our international guests and domestic customers returning from overseas.”

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