Next stop: Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
March 20th, 2012
04:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Next stop: Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

(CNN) - Will passengers say they're flying to "Bill and Hill" or "Clinton National"?

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission announced a unanimous vote Tuesday to rename Little Rock National Airport after the state's (and country's) famous former first couple.

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"Bill and Hillary Clinton not only devoted years of service to Arkansas, but have served the nation as a two-term President, and as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State – that's a legacy of which all Arkansans can be proud," Jim Dailey, the commission's chairman, said in a statement on the airport's website.

The commission also pointed to the Clinton Presidential Center, home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, as a reason for changing the name, describing it the state's main attraction for out-of-state visitors.

A number of other airports have been named after U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. But this marks a first that a first lady's name is included in the title, although Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C. was named after former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.

According to the statement, the airport will begin using the name in signage and branding in the coming months.

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Filed under: Arkansas • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Awesome. I have a great deal of respect for Bill and Hillary with just a touch of disappointment in some of Bill. They have done a tremendous amount of good for our country, and that is what really counts.

    March 20, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yes... I can hear it now coming over the intercom. "Ladies and Gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts. We'll be starting our descent on Slick Willie in a few minutes."

    March 20, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good news

    March 20, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Expat American

    Lookin' Good Mr. President and Madame Secretary! God Bless.

    March 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Indiana Boy

    It's Hill-Billy National... fitting.

    March 20, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    Loyal and true conservatives will drive 500 miles rather than buy a plane ticket that says Clinton International on it. There's no way they could bring themselves to even utter the words to make the reservation. Sigh.

    March 20, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    What can one say, the two of them are simply the best.

    March 20, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    I wish Bill Clinton could run for president again.

    March 20, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |