Muhammad Ali Will Soon Have An Airport Named In His Honor

PUBLISHED: May 19, 2019

It’s no secret that Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Officials in Louisville, Kentucky seem to agree as well.

Louisville’s International Airport will soon make a name change to honor the late boxer. What many don’t realize is that Ali was from Louisville.

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The push for the name change began in 2016 after a petition was submitted to Louisville’s mayor. “Ali inspired people all over the world to come together and shed our differences,” the petition’s creators wrote. “This is an opportunity to unite in Ali’s life mission. We humbly invite you to join our effort to rename our airport to Muhammad Ali International.”

“He’s left a legacy of athleticism, of humanitarianism that has literally inspired billions of people,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “He was the greatest because he put in the roadwork,” Fischer said. “He became a global fixture.”

A board unanimously voted to change the airport name to Louisville Muhammed Ali International Airport, although it will keep its existing airport code.

“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,” Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali, said in a news release. “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.”

There is no word on when the name change will officially take place.

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