Wichita council approves changing name of Mid-Continent Airport

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A motion has passed to rename Wichita's Mid-Continent airport in honor of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Tuesday morning, several citizens for and against the name change addressed the city council. Council members then discussed the issue and passed the motion in a vote of five to two. Council members Jeff Blubaugh and Jeff Longwell voted against the change.

Mid-Continent's new name will be Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

A local petition to rename the airport after the Kansas native and former president was first started by two local radio personalities about six months ago.

Supporters, like former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, say this would be more locally appropriate for Kansas's largest airport, since Eisenhower grew up in Abilene after being born in Texas.

The move could cost the city almost $150,000 in re-branding and area road sign change expenses. And some critics say the name change wouldn't really make an impact for Wichita.

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