Louisville International Airport (SDF)

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The Louisville airport is the home base of United Parcel Service and there’s always a wide variety of UPS planes including 747s – except on Sundays. Passenger traffic is somewhat limited, but the largest airlines here are Southwest and Delta/Delta Connection. Others include United Express, American, and American Eagle.
 
The most reliable spot to view aircraft traffic is the cell phone waiting lot. It is on the east side of the terminal loop (just follow the signs; see map) and was built after 9/11 when cars could no longer park near the terminal to wait for passengers. Cars can go to this lot and park & wait for passengers. Since it is near the end of the east runway you will also get a good view of traffic using this runway. There is no charge and photography is also best in the afternoon here. Most of the passenger airline traffic uses this runway.
 
The only other area is on the west side of the airport. There used to be a street called Crittenden Rd. that ran parallel to runway 17R/35L the entire distance but in the last few years parts of that road have been eliminated thanks to a project to build a new taxiway and ramp on the west side. There are a few business parking lots you can pull into on both the north and south sections of this road to get a view of aircraft taking off from or landing on the west runway. The only way to get to the north part of Crittenden Rd. is to go north from the airport under I-264 and turn left on Park Blvd. which will curve around back to the south and become Crittenden Rd. It dead ends at the FedEx building.

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