Wednesday, August 14, 2013
As Wichita gets set to open a new airport terminal next year, some local radio hosts think it is the perfect time to open that airport under a new name honoring a very well-known Kansan.
Jan Harrison and Phil Thompson of the Jan and Phil Show on radio station KFXJ, 104.5 "The Fox," have begun a push to change the name of Mid-Continent Airport to Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport.
"JFK has three airports named for him," Harrison said. "Gerald Ford has an airport named for him. George H.W. Bush has an airport named for him. But not Eisenhower?"
Harrison believes it is only fitting that the airport in the largest city in Kansas be named for the Five-Star General and 34th President of the United States, who -- though born in Texas -- spent most of his childhood in Abilene, Kan.
"I feel very strongly about it," she said. "My dad was a World War II vet. He went to the convention to nominate Eisenhower for his second term. He went to the inauguration."
Harrison and co-host, Phil Thompson, decided to start an online petition encouraging the city council -- which serves as the airport authority -- to consider re-naming the airport.
"Everybody is into it," Thompson said of listeners' reaction so far. "I don't think anybody really thought about it until it was brought up and they think that it makes a lot of sense."
The petition had more than 300 signatures by Wednesday night. Harrison said she found no international flights are required for international to be part of the name. She said calling it an international airport now will save time and money if the airport grows.
"We think Eisenhower is a world-renowned name for a city that should be world-renowned," Harrison said.