The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has applauded Senate and House leadership for the introduction of legislation that would change the name of T. F. Green Airport to “Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport.” The legislation, aimed to better position Rhode Island’s main airport to support the state’s economy and tourism sector, was recently introduced in both the House and Senate, H.6051 and S.0519, with the support of members of the Warwick legislative delegation.
“On behalf of all at the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the Senate and House leaders for finding common ground to consider this important legislation which provides an opportunity to invest in Rhode Island’s economy without impacting the state budget,” Iftikhar Ahmad, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation said in a statement.
“We fully support the proposed name of ‘Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport,’” added Ahmad. “The ‘supply’ of flights will be chasing ‘demand’ created by passengers for the foreseeable future. A geographic location identifier will help strengthen demand by projecting T. F. Green Airport as a good alternative to Logan Airport.”
“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,” said Senate Majority Leader McCaffrey. “More passengers means more dollars spent at Warwick and Rhode Island businesses.”