The Wichita City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday in favor of renaming Mid-Continent Airport in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The official name of the airport will be "Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport." A petition drive started last Fall led to Tuesday's discussion and name change in honor of the former president and general who grew up in Kansas.
"I felt like we had a chance because it just made good sense," said petition organizer Jan Harrison of 104.5 the Fox. "It's incredible that a grassroots effort like this has been successful, and that should be encouraging for anyone with an initiative that they want to see go forward to make this city better."
The airport has been under construction as the city builds a new terminal. Supporters said now would be a good opportunity to change the name. The City of Wichita will have to pick-up an estimated $140,000 dollars to change the name. That money will come from the city's general fund.
"$150,000 goes a long way, that could be two or three employees depending upon what the job is," said Council member Lavonta Williams.
"It is a lot of money to a lot of people," said Council member Jeff Blubaugh. "That was one of the big issues that I had in my district."
"The next step is for the Wichita Airport Authority to approve the formal resolution authorizing the name change, then we need to send documents to the FAA requesting that they change our operating license and all worldwide navigational records," said Victor White, Wichita Airport Authority.
The FAA likely won't complete that until at least mid-summer.
Construction on the new terminal is expected to be done in Spring 2015.