Louisville Regional Airport to be Re-named in Honour of Muhammad Ali

(Photo: LRAA)

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority board has voted to re-name the airport in honour of perhaps the most famous name in sporting history; Muhammad Ali.

The boxing legend, who died in 2016, was born in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 1942.

The airport said the vote came after the recommendation of a board working group that had studied the possibility of renaming for more than a year.

Photo by Ira Rosenberg in 1967. From the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c15435.
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1306798

“This is a historic day for the airport and our region,” said Jim Welch, chair of the Airport Authority Board. “By choosing to rename the airport for Muhammad Ali, a world-renowned humanitarian honoured as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and an athlete honoured as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the 20th Century, we as a community are honouring his legacy and celebrating this global icon who is a fellow Louisvillian. This tells the world how proud we are to associate ‘The Greatest’ with not only our great city, but our great airport.”

The airport’s IATA identifier SDF, will not be changed.