PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s state airport is officially going by a new name.
Lawmakers have considered renaming the T.F. Green Airport for years, but the pandemic’s impact on the travel industry renewed their efforts.
Gov. Dan McKee signed the legislation earlier this month, that officially renames the airport, Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport.
The airport tweeted the announcement Wednesday, saying in part, “we’re changing our name to Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport, positioning us to better support Rhode Island’s economy and tourist sector.”
The legislation was introduced by Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey and House Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy earlier this year.
“The airport is an economic engine for Warwick and Rhode Island and this opportunity to raise the airport’s brand awareness could attract even more domestic and international travelers to the Ocean State,” McCaffrey said. “More passengers means more dollars spent at Warwick and Rhode Island businesses.”
The airport was established in 1931 as Hillsgrove State Airport and renamed T.F. Green Airport in 1938 in honor of R.I. Governor and U.S. Senator Theodore Francis Green.