Louisville International Airport's retail shops and food-and-beverage outlets will feature several Derby specials in honor of the fastest two minutes in sports. Guests will be able get their sweet-tooth fix with the one and only Derby-PieŽ at the Woodford Reserve Bar and Grill, Stars of Louisville and Chili's Too. Also, Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps and Kentucky Hot Browns will be available at the Woodford Reserve Bar and Grill. Product samples from Coke, Red Bull and Starbucks will be offered to visitors throughout the week.
The airport's retail shops will host several Derby-themed activities that include an appearance by Churchill Charlie, the official mascot of Churchill Downs. Derek Gores, artist of the official artwork for Kentucky Derby 139, along with James Thornton, official artist of the 2010 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster, will be on hand to sign their work. There also will be Kentucky-crafted jewelry by Robbie Moriarty and Scooter Davidson and a Louisville Stoneware trunk show.
A Million and Counting
|LRAA Executive Director Skip Miller, Ambassador Brenda Carter, |
April Vacca with her two sons and Ambassador Sally Tilford.
Recently, volunteer Airport Ambassadors helped celebrate the Information Booth's millionth customer, April Vacca of St. Augustine, FL. April arrived at Louisville International with her two sons and stopped by the Information Booth where she was presented a basket of items specific to our city and state by Louisville Regional Airport Authority Executive Director Skip Miller.
The Information Booth, located on the baggage claim of the terminal, is often the first contact for travelers and visitors to our community. Airport Ambassadors provide assistance to passengers with directions to gate location, baggage claim and other airport services. They also offer information and resources about Louisville-area attractions, restaurants and hotels.
In mid-April, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority staff coordinated with its business partners for expanded hospitality efforts for attendees of a large leadership summit. Approximately 3,200 additional passengers arrived and departed the Louisville International Airport (SDF) through regularly scheduled passenger flights and 17 charter flights, including a 747-400.
In addition to working closely with the airlines, TSA, gift-and-news and food-and-beverage outlets, staff and volunteers also provided additional staffing in the airport's Information Booth, arranged the performance of soft, live music in the terminal, provided complimentary bubble wrap for liquor bottles and other fragile items and assisted with line management at the security checkpoint.
Speed Art Museum Sculptures
During its renovation, the Speed Art Museum has temporarily moved two sculptures into the terminal building at the Louisville International Airport. These pieces are located on the departure level. With each piece is background information on the sculpture and artist.
The bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, Reclining Figure: Angles, is on the east side near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter and the bronze horse by Deborah Butterfield, Danuta, is on the west side across from the United Airlines ticket counter.