Louisville Airport

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Louisville International Airport
Satellite image from Louisville Airport

38 ° 10 ′ 28 "  N , 85 ° 44 ′ 10"  W Coordinates: 38 ° 10 ′ 28 "  N , 85 ° 44 ′ 10"  W

Height above MSL 153 m (502  ft )
Transport links
Distance from the city center 5 miles south of Louisville
Street I-65 / I-264
Local transport Bus :
TARC route 02/18/93/99
Basic data
opening November 15, 1947 (civil)
operator Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA)
surface 607 ha
Terminals 1 with 2 concourses
Passengers 4,239,064 (2019)
Air freight 2,790,109 t (2019)
175,666 (2019)
Employees 51,380 (2014)
11/29 2210 m × 46 m
17R / 35L 3307 m × 46 m
17L / 35R 2615 m × 46 m

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The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in Kentucky , USA is the central aviation hub for UPS Airlines , a globally operating cargo airline. It is also used by the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing as a Louisville Air National Guard Base .

The airport has been massively expanded since 2004, with around 41 million US dollars being invested in handling, hangars , aircraft parking spaces, etc.

Since the airport is the central hub of the United Parcel Service in the USA and since the European counterpart is Cologne / Bonn Airport , there is a close relationship between the two; Louisville even speaks of Our Sister Airport .

Location and transport links

Louisville International Airport is five miles south of downtown Louisville. The passenger terminal has a junction on Interstate 264 . In addition, Interstate 65 runs east of the airport.

Louisville International Airport is integrated into local public transport by buses . Route 2 of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) regularly connects the passenger terminal with the city center. In addition, the will UPS World port by routes 18, 93 and 99 of the same operator with the center of Louisville connected.


In 1937, the area where Louisville International Airport is located today was not affected by the Ohio River flood disaster. Therefore it was chosen as a possible location for a new airport.

In 1941, the United States Army Corps of Engineers built a runway on the area with a length of 4,000 feet and 1,219 meters, respectively. The airport was known as Standiford Field . The name was derived from the businessman and politician Dr. Elisha David Standiford , who also owned part of the area on which the airport was built. Due to the entry of the United States into World War II , Standiford Field was not initially opened for civil use. Instead, Curtiss-Wright and Consolidated Vultee built planes for the armed forces there.

In 1947 the government transferred the airport to the Air Board, which then moved commercial air traffic from Bowman Field to Standiford Field. On November 15, 1947, Standiford Field was opened for commercial air traffic. At the beginning the airport was served by American Airlines , Eastern Air Lines and Trans World Airlines . A former barracks on the east side of the airport was used as a passenger terminal . On May 25, 1950, the Lee Terminal, which cost around 1 million US dollars to build, opened. It had six gates . The passenger terminal was expanded from the mid-1950s. In the 1960s, the number of passengers increased significantly, so that the passenger terminal was expanded again from 1970 to 1971. In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) put a new control tower into operation in 1971 . In 1981 the United Parcel Service began using the airport. At the beginning, other companies, including Evergreen International Airlines and Ryan Aviation , were entrusted with the transport of the air freight, but no cargo airline was maintained.

In May 1983 the construction of a new landside passenger terminal began, which was opened on June 30, 1985. It cost about $ 35 million. The new passenger terminal was connected to the Lee airside terminal. In 1988 the Airport Authority Board presented the Louisville Airport Improvement Program (LAIP), which provided for the gradual renovation of the entire airport. In addition, the Voluntary Residential Relocation Program was started, which included the relocation of thousands of residents affected by aircraft noise and the acquisition of land. In addition, UPS's own cargo airline UPS Airlines began flight operations in the same year, and Louisville Airport has served as a hub ever since . On April 2, 1989, the Lee Terminal was replaced by a new terminal. In 1991 the FAA agreed to an expansion of the airport as part of the LAIP. As a result, more than 4,000 residents and 150 companies were relocated. In 1993, Southwest Airlines began using the airport. In 1995 the airport was renamed Louisville International Airport . In 1997 the Heritage Creek Program was started, the purpose of which was to relocate the residents of the town of Minor Lane Heights in the southern approach lane. In 1998 the renovation of a large part of the airport was completed.

On September 27, 2002, a new parcel sorting center was opened with UPS Worldport . The construction cost around 1.1 billion US dollars . In 2005, a $ 26 million renovation of the passenger terminal was completed. In the same year UPS selected Louisville as the location of a heavy air cargo hub. In May 2006 UPS announced a US $ 1 billion expansion of the worldport. The first phase of expansion was completed in 2009 and the second phase followed the next year.

On 16 January 2019, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority agrees for the airport after the boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport rename. However, the FAA has yet to approve the name change.

Airport facilities

Airport diagram
UPS Worldport before expansion

The Louisville International Airport has a total area of ​​607 acres.


Louisville International Airport has three runways . The longest runway 17R / 35L is 3,623 meters long and 46 meters wide. The parallel runway 17L / 35R is 2,615 meters long and 46 meters wide. Runway 11/29 is 2,210 meters long, 46 meters wide and designed as a cross wind runway. All runways have a concrete surface.


Louisville International Airport has a passenger terminal with two concourses. These are a total of 24 boarding gates and 23 passenger boarding bridges equipped. It is located on the northern apron of the airport.


The Kentucky Air National Guard uses the airport as the Louisville Air National Guard base . It has its own apron, hangars and other facilities on the east side of the airport. The 123d Airlift Wing is stationed on the base and uses, among other things, several Lockheed C-130Hs .

UPS Worldport

The UPS Worldport package sorting center operated by UPS Airlines is located on the southern apron. The floor space is more than 480,000 square meters.

Other facilities

The control tower is located south of the airport area.

The cargo airline FedEx also has its own cargo terminal at Louisville International Airport, located on the western side of the airport.

The general aviation terminal is located on the east side of the airport.

Airlines and Destinations

Louisville International Airport is the home airport of the global cargo airline UPS Airlines and, at the same time, its central hub . Until the cessation of operations in 2012, it also served Astar Air Cargo as a central hub.

Louisville International Airport is also used by the passenger airlines Allegiant Air , American Airlines , Delta Air Lines , Frontier Airlines , Southwest Airlines and United Airlines . In 2019, Delta Air Lines was the airline with the highest market share, followed by Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines. However, the passenger volume of American Airlines and United Airlines was largely due to their feeder American Eagle and United Express . Delta Air Lines, however, carried more passengers than its feeder Delta Connection .

From Louisville International Airport, 33 national destinations are flown to in regular service, including above all the hubs of the individual airlines. Contrary to the description as an international airport, it does not serve any destinations outside the United States .

Traffic figures

Source: Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Source: Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Louisville International Airport traffic figures 2003-2019
year Passenger volume Air freight ( tons )
(with airmail )
Aircraft movements
(with military)
2019 4,239,064 2,790,109 175,666
2018 3,866,057 2,623,019 169,699
2017 3,474,340 2,602,695 163,676
2016 3,346,545 2,437,010 156.200
2015 3,359,472 2,350,638 149.133
2014 3,355,811 2,293,230 148.429
2013 3,404,080 2,216,079 149.260
2012 3,365,115 2,168,369 147,680
2011 3,398,844 2,188,422 152.998
2010 3,349,162 2,167,028 153.180
2009 3,263,812 1,949,528 146.492
2008 3,686,665 1,974,678 158.356
2007 3,819,154 2,079,370 171,573
2006 3,663,041 1,983,362 178,439
2005 3,730,678 1,815,157 179,681
2004 3,438,138 1,739,492 168,372
2003 3,328,532 1,618,337 174,584

Busiest routes

Busiest national routes from Louisville (2019)
rank city Passengers Airlines
01 Atlanta , Georgia 347.780 delta
02 Charlotte , North Carolina 157.940 American / American Eagle
03 Chicago-O'Hare , Illinois 157.210 American Eagle, United Express
04th Dallas / Fort Worth , Texas 137.730 American / American Eagle
05 Baltimore , Maryland 110,380 Southwest
06th Chicago – Midway , Illinois 105,360 Southwest
07th Denver , Colorado 97.210 Frontier , Southwest, United Express
08th Detroit , Michigan 76.010 Delta Connection
09 Houston – Intercontinental , Texas 68,890 United Express
10 New York – LaGuardia , New York 68,290 American Eagle, Delta Connection

See also

Web links

Commons : Louisville International Airport  - Collection of pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

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  3. a b c d e f g Reports and Statistics. FlyLouisville.com, accessed April 25, 2020 .
  4. ^ Economic Impact Brochure. FlyLouisville.com, accessed April 25, 2020 .
  5. Getting To and From the Airport. FlyLouisville.com, accessed April 25, 2020 .
  6. Real-Time Schedules. RideTARC.org , accessed March 16, 2019 .
  7. History Timeline. Pressroom. UPS .com, accessed March 16, 2019 .
  8. ^ Mayor Fischer celebrates decision to rename Louisville airport to honor Muhammad Ali. FlyLouisville.com, January 16, 2019, accessed March 16, 2019 .
  9. ^ 5 things to know about Louisville's new airport name: Muhammad Ali , Courier-Journal . 18th January 2019. 
  10. Lauren M. Johnson CNN: Louisville votes to rename airport after hometown hero Muhammad Ali. January 17, 2019, accessed on January 17, 2019 .
  11. AirportIQ 5010: Louisville International - Standiford Field. GCR1.com, accessed March 16, 2019 .
  12. ^ Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF). FlyLouisville.com, accessed April 25, 2020 .
  13. Terminal Map. FlyLouisville.com, accessed April 25, 2020 .
  14. Airlines. FlyLouisville.com, accessed April 25, 2020 .
  15. a b Destinations. FlyLouisville.com, accessed April 25, 2020 .
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