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Louisville Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The 123rd wing of the Kentucky Air National Guard is based at Louisville Airport.
  • Louisville Airport is for joint use between the military and the public.
  • There are three runways at Louisville Airport, spread out over more than 1,000 acres.
  • Louisville Airport has the airport code SDF because it used to be named Standiford Field airport.
  • Louisville Airport is not as busy as the main Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Airport.

Louisville Airport Mini Guide

I’ve Never Heard of Louisville, What’s There?
It’s another of America’s hidden gems and is generally only known for the running of the Kentucky Derby on the Churchill Downs racetrack outside of the city. Louisville deserves more of a second look for it has one of the best series of city parks in the country which offset the high rise skyline beautifully.  In the city, the old quarter of Old Louisville and Highlands are quite something with turn of the century architecture and a feel of old Kentucky about the place. There, you’ll also find the bohemian Highlands shopping area, packed with art galleries, small gift shops and boutiques. It’s also renowned for its street life with live music, bars and restaurants.

How can I get to Louisville?
Louisville’s airport is the second busiest in Kentucky and is found within the city limits. Transport is very easily obtained to your destination from the airport. Despite being billed as an international airport, there are currently no flights from outside the US apart from Grand Bahama Island so travellers from Europe will have to get a flight to a major US airport and then join the connection to Louisville.

What is the Airport Like?
For a state airport, it’s very modern and with reasonable facilities. Well planned, you’ll arrive at one of two concourses which connect to the terminal building. It’s only minutes away from downtown Louisville and you could almost walk the distance given the proximity.

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What can I Expect When I Land at Louisville?
There are air bridges into the concourses so no traipsing down the aircraft steps before going up again into the terminal. The distance from the gate to the main terminal can be anything from yards to a hundred yards dependent on your gate number and assistance can be made available to those with reduced mobility as long as sufficient notice has been given to your airline. Once through the inevitable security check, you’ll go downstairs to the arrivals hall and baggage reclaim. The information booth is straight ahead of you once you get off the escalator and you’ll find help there with airport matters as well as transportation and travel advice.

After grabbing a quick coffee beyond information, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of the car rental desks if you’re collecting a pre-booked vehicle. If you need cash, you’ll have to go up to the departures level to find the airport’s ATM.

What can I Expect When I Leave Louisville?
There’s a good range of things to do once you’ve checked in. Go first to the shops in the public area that include one dedicated to the official bat of American baseball, the Louisville Slugger. There’s also a shop selling equestrian memorabilia linked to the Kentucky Derby racecourse. Apart from some coffee shops there, you’ll also find the Woodford Reserve Bar and Grill Restaurant which serves excellent meals in relaxing surroundings. Past security there’s a further selection of shops and another nice restaurant called Chili’s Too. Once you’ve finished eating and shopping, you can enjoy free internet access via the services of Boingo across the airport.

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