A Cargo Operation That’s Precious to Louisville
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport was forever changed when, in 1982, United Parcel Service (UPS) began its new overnight-delivery business using SDF as the main hub operation center. Constructing a 350-acre apron for additional aircraft, initially creating jobs for 135 people and who sorted 2,000 packages the very first night.
UPS’s all-points international air express hub, Worldport, lies between SDF’s parallel runways, and connects Louisville to 220 countries and territories. UPS initially invested $1 billion in Worldport, which now includes 5.2 million square feet of modern technology and 155 miles of package sorting conveyor belts, all under one roof. Opening in 2002, Worldport has remained as a committed home base of UPS’s global air network and UPS Airlines, the world’s foremost cargo carrier. Worldport’s air network includes international air hubs in Ontario, Canda; Shanghai, China; Miami, Fla. (to serve Latin America); Koln, Germany; Hong Kong and a newly completed intra-Asia hub in Shenzhen, China.