Facility Tour

UPS Worldport

UPS Worldport

Worldport is the largest fully automated package handling facility in the world. The operation currently turns over more than 200 aircraft daily, processing an average of 2.5 million packages a day with a record 5 million packages processed each day during our Peak Season.

Worldport History

Beginning in 1999, UPS undertook the largest capital project in the company’s history with the $1 billion expansion of its sort facility at Louisville International Airport. The expansion more than doubled the size of the air hub and increased sort capacity from 215,000 packages per hour to 304,000. Dubbed Worldport upon its 2002 completion, the facility initially grew from about 2 million square feet to 4 million square feet.

By 2006, UPS needed to again expand Worldport. In a two-phase project, the company expanded its all-points air hub by 37 percent to a capacity of 416,000 packages per hour. The second expansion was completed in April 2010, with the mammoth facility now measuring 5.2 million square feet, with a perimeter of 7.2 miles.

Looking to future possibilities, the facility’s design allows for further expansion to process up to a half million packages per hour.


  • The UPS Worldport tours (two separate groups) are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15.
  • The first group will depart the Kentucky International Convention Center at 12:10 p.m. to arrive at Worldport by 12:30 p.m.
  • The second group will depart the KICC at 1:55 p.m. to arrive at Worldport by 2:15 p.m.
  • Tours will last around 1.5 to 2.0 hours.
  • UPS is asking everyone to dress comfortably for walking. Women are asked NOT to wear skirts or dresses because of the walk-up on various ramps.
  • Visitors will need to bring a government issued ID badge and be prepared to walk through a metal detector.
  • Visitors will be required to sign a liability waiver, the visitor's registry, and sign to receive their security pass.
  • Pictures and videos are allowed inside the facility.
  • Tour registration is $50. Select "Facility Tour" upon your conference registration checkout.

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