Airport Renamed For Bill And Hillary Clinton

March 21, 2012 by staff 

Airport Renamed For Bill And Hillary Clinton, Travelers flying into Little Rock will now be reminded of Arkansas’ most famous political couple after officials voted Tuesday to rename the city’s airport after Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission unanimously agreed to change the name of the Little Rock National Airport to honor former President Bill Clinton and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The former president, an Arkansas native and the state’s former governor, said they were humbled.

“We are grateful for this honor and for all that the people of Arkansas have done for us. And we look forward to many happy landings at the airport in the years ahead,” he said in a statement.

Just minutes after the commission meeting, which attracted an overflow crowd of supporters and opponents of the name change, airport receptionists began welcoming callers to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. The airport serves about 2.2 million passengers annually and is undergoing a $67 million renovation project that began last year.

“I’m pleased with the action today,” Commission Chairman Jim Dailey said.

There was almost no discussion from commission members regarding the name change Tuesday. Dailey said the renaming process had been thoroughly vetted and that public feedback “heated up” in the last few days.

Among the opponents was Jimmy Jones, a Baptist minister from nearby Cleveland, Ark., who said he thought it “unreal” that a man whose marital discretions as president embarrassed the U.S. would be given the honor. Other detractors made similar comments.

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