The Wichita City Council is expected to formalize the renaming of Mid-Continent Airport during Tuesday’s council meeting.
The council, sitting as the Wichita Airport Authority, will consider a resolution renaming the airport Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.
The council’s action would restore Wichita’s name to the new airport name, inadvertently omitted when the council voted in March to approve the name change.
The resolution will be passed on to the Federal Aviation Administration to begin implementing the name in worldwide publications and aviation charts. The name change will become effective around the time the new airport terminal opens, tentatively scheduled for spring of 2015.
The name change will cost the airport $130,000 from the terminal project, city officials said. The city’s $140,000 costs are reimbursements to the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority to replace or change about 20 area signs containing the airport’s name.
“Honestly, I think that estimate is way high,” council member James Clendenin said. “I don’t see it costing that much.”
Clendenin wants to seek private donations to help offset the city’s sign reimbursements – perhaps selling commemorative bricks for the new terminal.
“We can be creative about this,” Clendenin said. “A lot of people are passionate about this in a positive way.”
Wichita radio personality Jan Harrison and her co-host, Phil Thompson, on 104.5 The Fox launched an online petition in August supporting the name change.