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Did you know that the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) can stay open during the harshest winter weather? SDF is committed to the safety of our travelers and our many aviation partners, including UPS, air carriers and the Air National Guard. That commitment was on display at a media event held on the airfield at SDF today. The event featured three new MB2 multifunction snow vehicles – the ultimate in airport snow fighting equipment, representing an investment of more than $2.5 million.
The state of the art MB2 multi-use vehicles are ready to battle whatever winter weather comes our way. A single operator can control its 24-foot plow, 22-foot broom and air blast system reducing the time spent clearing snow on runways and taxiways. These added efficiencies mean that more commercial and cargo aircraft can take off and land on-time during snow events at SDF. The Authority will augment its already vast snow fleet of plows, brooms and blowers with six more similar vehicles over the next several years. The event also featured several other pieces of equipment SDF utilizes throughout the year to maintain critical operations for business partners and passengers.
“Running a safe and efficient airport system is my highest priority,” said Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. “Our passengers and partners rely on us to be prepared for anything, including the worst winter weather. Our exceptional team is well-trained, and they have the best equipment available. We aspire to be the best at everything we do, and snow removal is no exception.”
“With the urgent, express nature of our business, UPS customers all over the world depend on SDF to stay open in all types of weather, and the airport does a great job of that,” UPS Airlines President Brendan Canavan said. “We are pleased to see a strong weather response protocol becoming even stronger.”
The Louisville Regional Airport Authority owns and operates the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and Bowman Field. Aviation is an economic powerhouse for the region, generating $10.4 billion in economic impact every year. One in 8 jobs is generated by the airport and its aviation partners. Six commercial airlines offer nonstop service to 30 nonstop destinations from SDF. The airport is also home to UPS Worldport, moving millions of tons of product annually, making SDF the 2nd largest cargo airport in America.