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Clintons in Little Rock Today for Airport Dedication

Bill and Hillary Clinton attend ceremony naming airport after them.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Bill and Hillary Clinton will be in Arkansas today for a dedication ceremony at the Little Rock airport that now bears their names.

The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. in front of the airport.

The event will also celebrate the completion of the airport’s $67 million Phase I improvement project, which redesigned the ticketing lobby and baggage screening area.

This Phase I construction is part of a larger Vision 2020 plan to make Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport an international airport one day.

In March 2012, the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission voted unanimously to rename Little Rock National Airport in honor of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The Commission cited the many contributions President Clinton and Secretary Clinton have made to Arkansas through more than three decades of service to the state and nation as its reason to rename the airport. The Little Rock airport is the first airport in the country to be named after a President and First Lady. In addition, Secretary Clinton served as the Airport Commission’s Attorney during the 1980s.

These latest renovations at the airport, which include a new entrance sign with the new Clinton National name, are just the beginning of major changes to the airport that will designate the airport as an international airport. Phase 2 improvements include construction of a new terminal commons, a new 16-gate concourse, new baggage claim area, international arrival facility, inbound roadway and parking improvements.

Other improvements in Phase 1 include:
  • Passenger screening checkpoint improvements
  • New communication control center (including dispatch center, etc.)
  • Relocation of valet parking
  • Concourse restroom renovations
  • Administration renovations (to consolidate departments into a central area)
  • Multi-user Flight Information Display System
  • Energy-saving upgrades
  • Airport entrance sign
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