Louisville, Kentucky’s hometown hero will have an airport named after him.
Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.
“Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville,” Fischer said.
“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.”
The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali’s 2016 death. Ali would’ve been 77.
Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali’s family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.
“It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ’s legacy,” the mayor added. “And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step.”