Louisville renames airport, unveils Muhammad Ali logo

By Kirstie Chiappelli 9 June 2019 4305
Louisville renames airport, unveils Muhammad Ali logo

Louisville visitors are ready to fly "like a butterfly."

As part of Ali Week, the name of the Louisville airport was officially changed from Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

The new branding was revealed Thursday, with the logo featuring Ali's victorious silhouette against a butterfly with shades of red fading to orange and brown.

"It's ironic that a man who left this city to embark on his first international trip with a fear of flying now has the airport, the place where he was welcomed back from that trip from the Rome Olympics as an Olympic gold medalist, now will bear his name," Ali's wife Lonnie said, via the Louisville Courier Journal.

She added that airport visitors "will feel that same welcoming embrace from the city and its citizens that everyone felt who met Muhammad."  

The city celebrated what would have been the 77th birthday of its hometown hero in January by voting to rename the airport after him. A petition to rename the airport was first drafted by Mayor Greg Fischer and the airport board after Ali's death in 2016.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said in January. "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.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy. And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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