Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport recaps 2022, discusses 2023 plans

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport(Source: Michael Flynn, WAVE News)
Published: Feb. 7, 2023 at 9:25 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport said it is celebrating its third busiest year in 2022 and is looking ahead to success in 2023.

On Tuesday, airport officials shared there were more than 3.88 million passengers in the last year, showcasing recovery following the pandemic.

The airport also noted it offers 37 nonstop destinations through eight airlines.

“Last year, 2022, was a banner year for us and something we’re very proud of following the recovery from the global pandemic,” Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority said in a release.

Looking ahead, the airport said it has seen around 110% capacity for the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same time in 2019, which officials said was the best year in airport history.

“I thank our community for continuing to support the growth we’re seeing at SDF,” Mann said. “The airlines recognize the strength of our market and are clearly responding with more seats, bigger aircraft and new routes.”

SDF Next, a program investing in updates at the Jerry E. Abramson Terminal, said more than $127 million has been invested in the new Airport Operations Center, a new rental car facility, new restrooms in baggage claim and replacement of passenger boarding bridges.

Projects coming in the future include an expanded security checkpoint, improvements to baggage claim, a new information center and building exterior updates.