About the Airport
The Central Kentucky Regional Airport (KRGA) is located in Richmond, Kentucky just minutes from Lexington, Kentucky. Convenient access to Interstate 75 and other major cities make a perfect place for aircraft to land and reach multiple major cities with in short drives. Madison County is known for being a fast growing area in Kentucky with a blend of suburban and urban atmosphere that provides a wonderful place to live and visit.
The Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Madison County, Kentucky was opened to the Public in 1979. In 1991 the three government agencies in Madison County (Richmond, Berea and Madison Co. Fiscal Court) each began to give $10,000.00 each per year for maintenance of the Airport. In 1996 the Airport Board was able to purchase the building which is now the Barry Metcalf Hanger located at the airport. In 1998 the board bought the T-Hangers and construction of the new access road from Peggy Flats Road began.
In 1999 a 1,000 foot expansion was constructed for $500,000 and new Beacon and PAPI lights were installed. In the year 2000 the Board purchased additional land on the south side of the runway. The runway was widened by 12 1/2 feet on each side. Drainage was installed on each side of the runway during this project. In 2002 the corporate hanger was constructed and the partial taxiway was constructed to runway 36.
In 2003 Petro-Serv installed the above-ground fuel farm and in 2004 the Board acquired more land on the north side of the Airport known as the Ramsey Farm. The County constructed a new road around the north side of the property. A 1000 foot overrun was constructed on both ends of the runway, during this time the Board also purchased the Ron Coffman hangers.
In 2007 Algan Lake informed the Board that he was retiring and the Board awarded the FBO contract to Air 51, LLC. The AWOS was approved and constructing and in 2008 Air 51 was the successful bidder for the EKU flight school contract and in 2011 the FBO contract was awarded to Eastern Kentucky University.
This new partnership between Eastern Kentucky University and the Central Kentucky Regional Airport will help bring growth and expansion to the airport along with a side by side relationship with EKU and the education of thousands of flight students.