Little Rock Ark. — “Hillary and I are humbled by the Little Rock Airport Commission’s decision this morning,” President Bill Clinton said in response to the news that Little Rock National Airport has been renamed Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
The Commission took a unanimous vote at 9 a.m. this morning, March 20, to officially change the airport name.
President Clinton went on to say, “We are grateful for this honor and for all that the people of Arkansas have done for us. We look forward to many happy landings at the airport in the years ahead.”
“Bill and Hillary Clinton not only devoted years of service to Arkansas, but have served the nation as a two-term President, and as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State – that’s a legacy of which all Arkansans can be proud,” said Jim Dailey, chairman of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission. “The Clintons continue to have a major impact on our state and our local economy, and we believe renaming our airport in their honor is a fitting way to recognize their service and their position in Arkansas and our nation’s history.”
In recent years, major airports have been named for Presidents John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George Bush (the first).
The Hill ’n Holler Review asked how soon the signage and other changes will be made. Nicole Henderson, a spokesman for the airport, told us that a decision on which artist’s rendering to use has not yet been made. Asked about a projected time frame, she said that would depend on how soon the FAA publishes the change. She said a letter was sent to the FAA notifying them of the name change.
Little Rock National Airport is the state’s largest commercial service airport, serving 2.2 million passengers annually. The airport is home to six airlines with 124 flight arrivals and departures each day. The airport is currently in Phase I of a major construction initiative that will eventually transform it into an international airport.
More information on the Little Rock airport can be found HERE.
In the meantime. if you call the airport, don’t be surprised if they answer Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
This should give the President and Secretary of State Hillary a good reason to come back to Little Rock. What a ego trip to land at the airport named after you.
— Caroll Lucas
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