Airport Guide to Louisville International Airport (SDF)

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Airport Name
Louisville International Airport (formerly Standiford Field)

Airport Location
The airport is located 6 miles from Louisville.



(502) 368-6524

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.

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. The pick-up area is located on the island on the east side of the terminal.

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

Car Parking

There are short-term, long-term, 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. Parking is available in increments of under four hours, over four hours, full day and long-term parking with rates varying depending on location and duration of parking.

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.

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: Altitude: A Travelers’ Club offers small group meeting facilities as well as a general business center with fax, mail, telephone and photocopy services, free high-speed Internet and computer workstations, and complimentary snacks and drinks, all accessible with a lounge day pass.

Shopping: Louisville International offers such shops as 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 a variety of newsagents.

Food and drink: There are a few dining options to choose from, including a Food Court, Starbucks, Burger King and KFC (all accessible pre-security). There is also the Woodford Reserve Bar & Grill if you’re looking for a proper sit-down meal. Beyond security, there’s another Starbucks, a 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 with 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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Airport Guide to Louisville International Airport (SDF) was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Ryan Clare
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