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Airport Guide to Standiford Field (SDF)

Airport Name

Louisville International Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located 6 miles from Louisville.






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Airport Overview

Kentucky’s second-busiest airport (after Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky), Louisville International Airport (SDF) is situated in the city of Louisville, in Jefferson County. The airport used to be called Standiford Field, but changed its name in 1995, hence its IATA code of SDF. Currently the airport is home to Worldport, the worldwide hub for UPS Airlines, which operates cargo planes both in the United States and internationally.

Louisville International serves more than 3 million passengers per year, with non-stop flights to major cities all over the US. The airport is home to 11 major airlines, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta, US Airways and Vision Airlines.

While the airport has only a modest selection of amenities and services, the Altitude: A Travelers’ Club is a premier lounge with bargain rates for day visitors. If you have a few hours to pass, check-in here for some comfort, peace and free high-speed Internet access.

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Terminal Transfer

Not applicable as there is only one passenger terminal. 

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Getting into Town

Train: There are no trains that service the airport.

Bus: Transit Authority of River City (TARC) buses service the airport. Bus schedules are available from the information desk and exact change is required to ride the buses. Fares cost $1.50. The pick-up area is located on the east side of the terminal. 

Taxi: Taxis are available at the traffic island on the left of the taxi stand.

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Car Parking

There are short-term and long-term, and covered and uncovered parking options available. Garage parking is located directly opposite the terminal building and is divided into an Under Four Hours area on level 1, and an Over Four Hours area on levels 1 to 4. Rates for the Under Four Hour area are $1 for the first hour, then an additional $1 every half hour after that to a maximum fee of $19 a day. The Over Four Hours area costs $2 for the first hour, and an extra $2 per hour after that, with a daily rate of $13, and a weekly rate of $78. 

The surface car park is situated behind the garage parking facility. This is a long-term parking area, with a daily rate of $9, to a maximum fee of $54 per week. The parking lot is serviced by a courtesy shuttle which circulates every 15 minutes. However, the service does not operate between 7:30pm and 8pm, when the drivers have dinner. There is also a Credit Card Only car park located to the right of the terminal building. It costs $1 for the first hour, then $1 every half hour up to a daily maximum of $15 per day and $90 per week. 

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Information Desks

There is an information desk located on the lower level baggage claim area, and there are volunteer Airport Ambassadors who can also help with any questions you might have.  


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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: The Fifth Third Bank operates at Louisville International and has currency exchange facilities. There are also two ATMs in the terminal building. 

Luggage: There is no left-luggage facility available. Lost-and-found services are operated by the airport police service, which is located in the ticketing concourse.  

Conference and business: There is an Altitude: A Travelers’ Club with small group meeting facilities, as well as general business center with fax, mail, telephone and photocopy services, free high-speed Internet and computer work stations, and complimentary snacks and drinks. Day pass specials start from a bargain $5.

Shopping: There are quite a few retail outlets where you can do a bit of shopping. There’s the PGA Tour Shop, Churchill Downs (which offers equestrian-related gifts and clothing), Louisville Slugger (for sports-related gifts), a number of gift and souvenir stores such as Experience Kentucky, and plenty of newsagents.

Food and drink: There are a few dining options to choose from, although don't expect anything too exotic. Landside, you can find the Food Court and grab a quick cup of coffee and a snack at Starbucks, Burger King or KFC. There is also the Woodford Reserve Bar & Grill, if you’re looking for a proper sit-down meal. Airside, there’s the obligatory Starbucks, or you can sit down at Quiznos, Chili’s Too, or Stars of Louisville Sports Pub. 

Other facilities: There are police, firefighter and medical services available. Other facilities include a 24-hour florist and areas where there are AC outlets so you can recharge laptops and mobile phones. 

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available at the airport, though it's not free. You can use a credit card and pay online through Boingo. 

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Car Rentals

There are many car rental companies operating at Louisville International, with desks located in the lower level baggage claim area. These include Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Dollar and National.


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