|Louisville International Airport|
|Height above MSL||153 m (502 ft )|
|Distance from the city center||5 miles south of Louisville|
|Street||I-65 / I-264|
TARC route 02/18/93/99
|opening||November 15, 1947 (civil)|
|operator||Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA)|
|Terminals||1 with 2 concourses|
|Air freight||2,790,109 t (2019)|
|11/29||2210 m × 46 m
|17R / 35L||3307 m × 46 m
|17L / 35R||2615 m × 46 m
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 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.
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 .
The control tower is located south of the airport area.
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 .
Air freight ( tons )
(with airmail )
|1||Atlanta , Georgia||347.780||delta|
|2||Charlotte , North Carolina||157.940||American / American Eagle|
|3||Chicago-O'Hare , Illinois||157.210||American Eagle, United Express|
|4th||Dallas / Fort Worth , Texas||137.730||American / American Eagle|
|5||Baltimore , Maryland||110,380||Southwest|
|6th||Chicago – Midway , Illinois||105,360||Southwest|
|7th||Denver , Colorado||97.210||Frontier , Southwest, United Express|
|8th||Detroit , Michigan||76.010||Delta Connection|
|9||Houston – Intercontinental , Texas||68,890||United Express|
|10||New York – LaGuardia , New York||68,290||American Eagle, Delta Connection|
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