Muhammad Ali’s Kentucky hometown is honoring the late boxer by renaming its airport for him.
The Louisville Regional Airport Authority’s board voted Wednesday to change the name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. The airport’s three-letter International Air Transport Association Location Identifier – SDF – will not change.
“Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville. 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,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a press release. “It important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ’s legacy, and the airport renaming is a wonderful next step.”
Ali would have turned 77 today. He died in 2016.
“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,” said Muhammad Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali, in a statement. “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.”