Construction for the new terminal at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport is set to finish in late 2014 or 2015, and with the new terminal may come a new name for the airport, as well.
Morning radio hosts, Jan Harrison and Phil Thompson from 104.5 The Fox, have started an online petition to have the airport’s current name, “Wichita Mid-Continent Airport,” be changed to “Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport.”
Thompson says, “Many presidents have airports, Dwight D. Eisenhower has no airport named after him. Dwight D. Eisenhower is from Kansas. It seems like a perfect fit.”
Although the 34th President of the United States was born in Texas, he spent a majority of his childhood living in Abilene, Kansas.
Harrison also explains the reasoning behind adding ‘International’ to the name saying, “We don’t have to have international flights to call it that, other airports do the same thing. That way, there’s room to grow.”
Retired U.S. Senator from Kansas, Bob Dole, also recently voiced his support for the radio station’s petition. Dole wrote the station earlier this month saying that the petition was a “great idea” and that he, “never believed that President Eisenhower received all the honors he deserved so this would be a fitting tribute to a great American and fellow Kansan.”
Harrison and Thompson hope to present the petition in the Wichita City Council meeting on Oct. 15, a day after Eisenhower’s birthday.
As of Wednesday, August 21, the petition has received over 650 online signatures.
If you would like to see name of the airport changed, just click on www.1045thefox.com/ or www.ipetitions.com/petition/ilikeike/, where you enter your name and email to sign the petition.