Louisville International Airport is a public and military use public airport centrally located in the city of Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA. The airport covers 1,200 acres (4.9 km²) and has three runways. Its IATA airport code, SDF, is based on the airport’s former name, Standiford Field. The airport is the seventh busiest in the world by cargo traffic. Despite its name, all its destinations are in the United States, with the exception of cargo flights.
It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,650,707 enplanements in 2011, a decrease of 0.02% from 1,651,037 in 2010.
LOUISVILLE INTERNATIONAL STANDIFORD FIELD HISTORY
Standiford Field was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941 on a parcel of land south of Louisville that was found not to have flooded during the Ohio River flood of 1937. It was named for Dr. Elisha David Standiford, a local businessman and politician, who was active in transportation issues and owned part of the land. The field remained under Army control until 1947, when it was turned over to the Louisville Air Board for commercial operations.
Until around 1947 Bowman Field was Louisville’s main airport. For many years passenger traffic went through the small brick Lee Terminal at Standiford Field. Today’s more modern and much larger facilities were built in the 1980s. Most of the Lee Terminal was later torn down.
The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 45 weekday departures on Eastern Airlines, 19 American, 9 TWA, 4 Piedmont and 2 Ozark. Scheduled jet flights (Eastern 720s to Idlewild) began in January–February 1962. Parallel runways, needed for expanded UPS operations, were part of an airport expansion plan begun in the 1980s.
LOUISVILLE INTERNATIONAL STANDIFORD FIELD LOCATION
LOUISVILLE INTERNATIONAL STANDIFORD FIELD FACTS
Elevation: 501 ft.
Runway length available: 11/29 7250×150 ft. :: 17R/35L 10850×150 ft. :: 17L/35R 8579×150 ft.