Bowman Field (IATA: LOU, ICAO: KLOU, FAA LID: LOU) is a public airport located five miles (8 km) southeast of downtown area of Louisville, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA. The airport covers 426 acres (1.7 km²) and has two runways. It is classified by the FAA as a reliever airport for nearby Louisville International Airport. Bowman Field is Kentucky's first commercial airport and is the oldest continually operating airfield in North America. The airport has played a vital role in the growth and evolution of the country's aviation industry. It was founded by Abram H. Bowman, who was drawn to aviation by the interest generated during World War I.
Today, Bowman Field is home to hundreds of privately owned aircraft as well as several commercial operations, including Central American Airways, which opened its doors in 1946, Falcon Aviation (which can trace its roots to the Old Louisville Flying Service that began operations in 1932), Kentucky Flying Service, and Louisville Executive Aviation. The Aero Club of Louisville, Inc. and the Glendale Flying Club also operate out of the airport. Several flight schools operate there as well.
For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2007, the airport had 98,722 aircraft operations, an average of 270 per day: 97% general aviation, 2% air taxi and <1% military. There are 368 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, 2% jet, and 2% helicopter.