The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) is reopening its East and West Tunnels to pedestrians, complete with a brand new “Signature Louisville” look.

The tunnels, which provide access to the new Rental Car Facility, have been closed for year-long renovations. Improvements include the removal of the moving sidewalks, new terrazzo flooring, a new ceiling, enhanced lighting fixtures, and upgrades to the mechanical and electrical system.

Perhaps the most visible improvement is the installation of examples of photography that capture some of Louisville’s most beloved and recognisable landmarks and experiences. The Signature Louisville series is contemporary, artistic, and unique, each one blending cohesively with the recent updates, according to the Kentucky airport.

“These images are a great representation of Louisville and ensure so many of the community’s signature locations and experiences are highlighted,” said Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. “The stunning images will greet visitors and give them a taste of what to expect during their stay here in Louisville.”

“We appreciate the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport’s ongoing commitment to enhancing our guest experience upon arrival,” said Doug Bennett, executive vice president of Louisville Tourism. “The new Signature Louisville photograph collection is a perfect way to welcome and engage travellers, inspiring them to visit Louisville’s iconic landmarks while showcasing the city’s unique brand of Southern hospitality, one-of-a kind attractions and urban Bourbon experiences.”

Photographs in the new hallways feature images of 4th Street Live!, 21c Museum Hotel, Angel’s Envy, Belle of Louisville, Churchill Downs, Copper & Kings, Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville Extreme Park, Louisville FC/Racing Louisville FC, Louisville MegaCavern, Louisville Slugger, Louisville Zoo, Old Forester, St. James Court, University of Louisville, UPS, Waterfront Wednesday, Whiskey Row and an iconic photo of Muhammad Ali. The majority of the photos for the pedestrian tunnels were shot by Dan Dry of PriceWeber Marketing, and photos were also provided by Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville City FC/Racing Louisville FC, Louisville Tourism and UPS.

The tunnel renovation is part of Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport’s SDF Next, a programme designed to help the facility meet the needs of its growing customer base. As part of SDF Next, which was announced in December 2019, $400m in improvements are expected at the airport in the coming years.