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Read on to discover information about Louisville International Airport, including its facilities, which airlines operate there and where you can fly to with them.

About Louisville International Airport

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (IATA: SDF) is an airport in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, serving military and public use. The airport's IATA code is based on the airport's former name; Standiford Field. The airport has no scheduled international flights, but does have numerous scheduled flights domestically within the United States. 2018 saw the airport have 36 based aircraft there, with 169,699 total aircraft operations and carrying 2,049,504 total passengers.

The airport also deals with numerous cargo flights, both international and domestic. 2018 saw the airport deal with over 5.7 billion lbs of cargo, making it the third-busiest in the US for cargo traffic, and the seventh-busiest in the world for cargo traffic.

The airport was originally an airfield, named Standiford Field and built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941. It wasn't until 1947 that the airfield was transferred to the Louisville Air Board where it was used for commercial operations. In 1970, the airport terminal was expanded, including the main lobby and a brand-new Delta Air Lines concourse measuring 33-000-square-foot. In the 1980s, a new plan was devised to build a new terminal, with a proposed capacity for nearly 2 million passengers. This new terminal was opened in the 1990s, with new runways and a new name of Louisville International Airport. In 2019, the airport was renamed to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, after a vote by the airport authority to rename it after the Louisville native boxing legend.

Louisville International Airport Location

The airport is located in Louisville, in Jefferson County, Kentucky. This airport's exact location in the local area can be seen in the map below:


The airport covers a total space of 1,500 acres, with three runways and enough facilities to make waiting at the airport more relaxing and entertaining.

Facilities Include:

Free WiFi

ATM Machines

Currency Exchange facilities

Food and Drink, including a 24-hour Starbucks

Games room

Meditation Room

Mobile Charging

Information Desk

Military Reception Area

Lounges Include:

Military Reception Area: This area features a basic lounge with comfortable chairs, free Wifi and complimentary snacks and beverages. It is free of charge to members of the military and their families.


Direction Length (m) Length (ft) Surface
17R/35L 3,623 11,887 Concrete
17L/35R 2,615 8,578 Concrete
11/29 2,210 7,250 Concrete


There is currently only one terminal at this airport currently. This was the one that was built during the 1980s/90s, at a cost of $35 million followed by a $26 million renovation in 2005, improving the facilities and passenger capacity.

Airlines that fly to Louisville International Airport

Allegiant Air American Airlines American Eagle
Delta Air Lines Delta Connection Aerolíneas de frontera
Southwest Airlines United Express

Top Destinations

Popular Domestic Destinations

Rank Aeropuerto Pasajeros Aerolíneas
1 Atlanta, Georgia 343,630 Delta
2 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 154,180 American, United
3 Charlotte, North Carolina 146,510 American
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 123,390 American
5 Chicago-Midway, Illinois 118,810 Southwest
6 Baltimore, Maryland 112,620 Southwest
7 Denver, Colorado 102,110 Frontier, Southwest, United
8 Detroit, Michigan 76,580 Delta
9 Houston-Intercontinental, Texas 68,790 United
10 New York - LaGuardia, New York 66,290 American, Delta

How to get to Louisville International Airport

By Road

SDF is conveniently located at the intersection of I-65 and I-264, meaning it is easily accessible from many surrounding locations. There are numerous places to park your car at the airport.

By Public Transport

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) provides local bus service to Louisville from the airport.

By Rental Car

There are multiple places to hire cars from the airport. These are located on the lower level, nearer the baggage claim. Choose from companies such as Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, National and Hertz.