Officials meet Monday to discuss name change for T.F. Green Airport

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- Lawmakers are set to discuss the potential renaming of T.F. Green Airport to Rhode Island International Airport.

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) said they believe the name change will “support better passenger awareness of the airport’s location and destinations along with increased passenger travel.”

A hearing on the renaming is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

“Our airline partners have been telling us they believe the name change will increase travel at the airport. This critical feedback is coming from tourism officials overseas as well as our airline partners servicing routes domestically,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

T.F. Green is just one of only 32 airports that does not have the city, region or state in its name.

Officials said in a release that the name change will add an “immediate name recognition – a critical marketing tool for airport officials – when marketing the airport and the state to new airlines.”

“I’m pleased with the successes that have occurred at the airport this past year, but I am concerned about polling numbers outside of Rhode Island that demonstrate a lack of awareness of T.F. Green’s location and its service area,” said House Majority Leader Shekarchi.

“I believe we need to do everything we can to protect and perpetuate the momentum happening at the airport and changing the name to Rhode Island International Airport is part of that process.”

If approved, the name change would be the airport’s second since it was established in 1931 as Hillsgrove State Airport. In 1938, the airport was renamed T.F. Green Airport in honor of former Rhode Island Governor and Senator Theodore F. Green.

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