Louisville Air Traffic Controllers Brace For Derby Rush

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Fastest Two Minutes In Sports is preceded by the busiest three days in Louisville aviation.

Starting Thursday, air traffic controllers at Louisville International Airport will see their workload doubled as the rich and famous bring their private jets to town for the Kentucky Derby.

On a routine day, the airport handles between 500 and 600 operations but the Derby traffic doubles that to around 1,200 operations a day.

Tower manager Dave Senechal says Thursday is their busiest day with the bulk of the arrivals coming between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with the bulk of the departing rush coming on Sunday.

While the 1,200 operations Louisville handles may seem significant, Senechal says that's only about half of what controllers in Atlanta and Chicago deal with on a daily basis.

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