Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal
Muhammad Ali once said his “greatness came and started in Louisville.”
Now his name will be among the first things visitors and travelers see when they fly into his beloved hometown.
City officials announced Wednesday that Louisville International Airport will be renamed after the boxer and humanitarian often called “the Greatest.”
The new name: Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.
“Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people.
“It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ’s legacy,” Fischer continued. “And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step.”
The Louisville Regional Airport Authority board approved Fischer’s motion that the airport be renamed. But the SDF code will not change, officials said.