SWA to Denver!
Read & Return
Arrive Early  

Phil Lynch


J.D. Nichols
Vice Chairman


Jon Meyer


Greg Fischer


Mary Rose Evans
Earl F. Jones
Elaine Musselman
Gail L. Strange
Jeffrey Sullivan
Steve Trager
James S. Welch, Jr. 


Skip Miller
Executive Director


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FY 2013: Beyond the Next Horizon


At its June meeting, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) Board approved the FY 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013) budget for the LRAA. The budget projects revenues of $101.6 million (including grants), operating expenses of $59.4 million (including $33.2 million in debt service) and $41.2 million in capital and major maintenance projects.  


It also includes funding for the Bowman Field Airport Area Safety Program and LRAA's two noise mitigation programs -the Voluntary Residential Relocation Program and the QuieterHomeŽ sound-insulation program.


Louisville International Airport (SDF)


Thanks to $17 million over two years ($8.5 million in FY 2013) from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the LRAA will be able to finish re-routing Crittenden Drive, allowing Taxiway "A" to be completed. The taxiway, along with other airfield improvements, are key to Louisville International's plan to accommodate Group VI aircraft (the largest and newest long-range commercial aircraft) and prepare the airport for 21st century aviation needs.


Other initiatives include airfield electrical upgrades, airfield pavement repairs and Phase 1 of a new rental car quick-turn-around (QTA) facility. In addition, the airside terminal connector roof will be replaced.   


Bowman Field (LOU)


At Bowman Field, plans include the construction of two connector taxiways from Runway 15-33 and the painting and reroofing of Hangar 7.   


Bowman Field Airport Area Safety Program


Also at its June meeting, the LRAA Board concurred with the consultant selection working group's recommendation to award the contract for the management of the program to Hanson Professional Services, Inc. of Frankfort, KY.  The Board also authorized LRAA staff to negotiate a contract with the firm. The first year's scope of work (including timeframe) will be presented to the Board for approval at the Board's Thursday, July 19 meeting.  



Southwest Announces Service to Denver



Southwest Airlines recently announced it will be begin nonstop jet service between Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Denver International Airport (DEN) beginning Sunday, November 4, 2012. This daily flight (on a 137-seat Boeing 737 aircraft) will provide convenient access to one of the region's top business destinations and easy connections to dozen of cities in the Southwest network.  

With this announcement, Southwest Airlines will offer 17 daily nonstop flights to nine destinations including Baltimore, Chicago/Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis and Tampa with service to Atlanta beginning on Sunday, August 12. For flight schedules and to purchase tickets, please visit  



The Paradies Shops Read & Return


Buy a book at Louisville International Airport, return it to a Paradies Shop in one of the more than 500 participating airport stores across North America and get half your money back!


First introduced in 2003, Read & Return allows travelers to:

  • Buy a book
  • Read it
  • Return it within six months (with the receipt)  
  • Receive 50 percent of your money back!

The program is good on all new books (hardcover or paperback). Books that are returned in good condition are then resold at half price. If the returned book is not in good condition, the book is donated to a local charity to support of literacy programs. For a complete listing of participating airports, visit




Arrive Early


If your flight is leaving during peak departure times (6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 Louisville International Airport), be sure to arrive 1˝ hours  ahead of time. For travelers' convenience, the TSA security checkpoint at Louisville International is open daily from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For additional TSA information, visit .