LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) celebrated its busiest year ever in 2019 with more than 4.2 million total passengers, beating the previous all-time record by nearly 300,000 more travelers.
“Our momentum over the past 12 months, along with the community’s support, has been phenomenal,” said Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. “Exceeding the 4 million mark is something we are very proud of and is a new milestone for our airport. This is a testament to our team, the airlines, our business partners and especially, the community. We thank everyone for their continued support of what we’re accomplishing each day to make this the best airport in the country.”
The year also celebrated its busiest day to date on Sunday, May 5, 2019 – immediately after the Kentucky Derby – with 14,510 scheduled departure seats. Immediately following this record was another – the airport’s busiest month in history in June 2019 with 206,034 total enplanements. (Enplanement is an industry measurement that describes someone boarding an aircraft.)
“Direct flights are essential in making us attractive for businesses and visitors,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “I applaud the Airport Authority and their partners for their hard work to make it happen.”
These figures are the final capstone for the year that saw the launch of four new, nonstop destinations including direct service to the west coast by way of American Airlines’ daily flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In addition, Southwest Airlines began nonstop service to Dallas-Love Field Airport (DAL) and Allegiant Air started service to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans