Louisville Muhammad Ali is a public, civil-military, international airport serving Louisville, in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Louisville airport has no regularly-scheduled international flights, but instead, it handles many international cargo flights, as it is a port of Entry.
The airport codes are IATA: SDF, FAA LID: SDF, ICAO: KSDF. The airport code SDF by IATA is based on the former name of the airport - Standiford Field.
The Louisville airport is home for Worldport, which is the worldwide hub of UPS Airlines. It is owned and operated by Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA). The SDF covers around 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) and holds three runways.
Louisville airport serves Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Connection, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Express. Concerning the Cargo airlines, they are the following: Air Cargo Carriers, FedEx Express, Ameriflight, SkyLink Express, and UPS Airlines.
The Capacity and Recent Operations of SDF
According to Annual Passenger Traffic at SDF, in 2019, more than 4.2 million passengers, along with over 5.7 billion pounds of cargo passed through the SDF. In terms of cargo traffic, SDF is ranked as the 3rdbusiest airport in the United and 7thbusiest around the world. Besides, for 2011-15 years, Louisville airport was categorized as "primary commercial service" by the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, since the SDF had over 10,000 passenger enplanements each year.
In 2019, SDF had 170,876 aircraft operations, with an average of 468 each day: 77% airline, 7% general aviation, 15% air taxi, and 1% for military. Later, around 29 aircraft were based at SDF, in which 55% was jet, 28 was military, and 17% was either multi-engine or single-engine.
The Brief History of SDF Airport
In 1941, the Army Corps of Engineers built the Standiford Field on a portion of land, located at the south of Louisville. The field was named after Dr. Elisha David Standiford, who was a local politician and businessman, active in transportation issues and owner of the part of its land. Until 1947, the field remained under Army control, and later it was turned over to the Louisville Air Board, operating commercial operations.
In January 2019, the Regional Airport Authority decided to change the name of the Standiford Field to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in respect of the Louisville native and legendary boxing Muhammad Ali.