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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Wichita City Council has officially approved the name change process for the city's largest airport.
Tuesday morning, council members voted 5 to 2 in favor of changing the name of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Council members Jeff Longwell and Jeff Blubaugh voted against the change.
It is expected to cost the Kansas Department of Transportation about $140,000 to change 20 highway signs to the new name, but airport officials expect the cost to be less than quoted.
Even though the change was sparked by a radio station petition drive, there has been some rumbling since the first vote in March about the way this name change has been handled. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett ruled last week a naming committee did not violate open meetings laws.
Mid-Continent actually is the second name for the airport. It was known as Wichita Municipal Airport from its opening in 1954 to 1973. The formal change to Eisenhower Airport is scheduled for 2015, when the new terminal opens.