Louisville International Airport to be renamed after Muhammad Ali

An all-time great is being honored in a big way
Jan 17, 2019 – 10:47 AM EST

Legendary fighter and sports icon Muhammad Ali had passed away in 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona due to complications from Parkinson's Disease.

The Louisville, Kentucky native will soon be honored in his hometown in a big way. The mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer had announced that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed to "Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport".

Muhammad's widow, Lonnie Ali made a statement after the conference.

“I am proud that the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and the City of Louisville are supportive of changing the name of the Louisville International Airport to reflect Muhammad’s impact on the city and his love for his hometown. I am happy that visitors from far and wide who travel to Louisville will have another touch point to Muhammad and be reminded of his open and inclusive nature, which is reflective of our city. Muhammad was a global citizen, but he never forgot the city that gave him his start. It is a fitting testament to his legacy.”

The airport's call sign will still remain SDF.


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