Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is growing at a record pace. | Courtesy of Louisville Regional Airport Authority

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport continued to see record growth in its number of passengers in the first half of 2019 and is now on track to have its busiest year ever, according to a news release.

SDF had a 12.5% increase in passenger traffic through the first six months of the year, which equals out to 2,049,504 total passengers, and marks the busiest first and second quarters in the airport’s history, according to the release. The growth has come from a 12.2% capacity increase on flights, as airlines have added 141,093 departing seats to Louisville’s flight schedule.

“This is great, positive momentum that really shows the strength of the Louisville market,” said Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, in a statement.

“Not only are our passenger figures on the rise but even more telling is the rate at which we are growing,” Mann stated. “Month after month we continue to break records, even as the airlines are adding additional capacity. All of these are great signs for our airport and leave us very optimistic about the future.”

The airport has also gotten a lift from American Airlines’ addition of service to Los Angeles International Airport, Frontier Airlines’ addition of service to Orlando International Airport, and Southwest Airlines’ addition of two services: Houston and Dallas.

Signs point to continued growth for the second half of the year as well as American Airlines has added a second daily flight to Miami International Airport and larger mainline aircraft on some flights to Dallas and Charlotte. Delta has added a fourth flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, and Allegiant Air is extending flights to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport through the winter, according to a news release.

June 2019 was the busiest month in the airport’s history, and May was the second-busiest month. The airport had its busiest day ever in May, as 13,380 passengers departed from SDF on May 5 following the Kentucky Derby.

As the airport continues to grow and get used to its new name, there are big changes coming in the form of renovations that will make it more visually appealing and more receptive to the growing number of passengers coming in and out of Louisville.

Mayor Greg Fischer speaks at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport
Mayor Greg Fischer unveils the new Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport logo. | Photo by Jeremy Chisenhall
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