Economic Development Newsroom

Louisville Intl Airport Ranked 3rd Busiest Cargo Airport

Friday August 29, 2008

Ranked 9th in the World

ouisville International again was ranked as the third busiest cargo airport in North America and the ninth busiest in the world during 2007, by Airports Council International (ACI), a non-profit association of the world’s airports. Louisville International’s ranking reflects its position as the global air hub for UPS.

Economic Engine

Louisville’s airports comprise the largest employment center among private operations in the area and are primary economic engines for the region’s and state’s economy.

The airports also fuel the economy by: (1) providing a strategic international transportation link; (2) accessing world markets overnight; (3) connecting passengers to world destinations quickly; and (4) helping retain and attract businesses, conventions and tourists.

This is magnified by the fact that in 2005, the airports generated:

• 43,589 total jobs;

• $1.8 billion in total payroll;

• $4.5 billion in total business expenditures; and

• $246 million in total state and local taxes.

These economic benefits recur every year. The 2005 economic impact survey is available at

Environmental Focus

The Airport Authority has long recognized that its plans, growth and operations must be sensitive to our environment, community, neighbors, passengers and airline partners. Recently, the Authority installed:

• a bio-diesel tank to fuel its diesel-powered vehicles;

• new 400-ton chillers that are 20% more energy efficient and use a more environmentally sensitive refrigerant; and

• light emitting diode (LED) taxiway lights at Louisville International, which are four times more energy efficient than traditional fixtures.