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Wichita Reaffirms Airport Name Change

Associated Press - April 9, 2014 6:13 am

Wichita officials say an auction of items from the city's old Mid-Continent Airport terminal is expected to net about $83,000.

The Wichita City Council has reaffirmed its decision to rename Mid-Continent Airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport a day after the city’s airport advisory board voted 10-1 against the change.

Tuesday’s 5-2 council vote was the same as in March, when members first approved the change. It was largely a symbolic vote and cleared the way for the new name to go to the Federal Aviation Administration for paperwork changes.

The new name becomes effective next year when a new terminal opens.

The two council members opposed to the change criticized the $270,000 cost to the airport and city to change the name and highway signage. A former county commissioner also argued that young people don’t even know who Eisenhower was.

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Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle