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The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) this week expressed its gratitude to state Governor Dan McKee for signing legislation into law that changes the name of T. F. Green Airport (PVD) to Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport.

The legislation was recently passed by the Rhode Island House of Representatives (61-9) and Rhode Island Senate (34-2) after advocates successfully argued the new name provides improved geographic identification for the airport better positions Rhode Island’s main airport to support the state’s economy and tourism sector.

A 2018 brand awareness poll conducted by Pan Atlantic Research revealed low geographic name identification associated with the airport among regional, domestic and international travelers, leading to efforts to add a geographic identifier to the airport’s name.

“I want to extend my gratitude to Governor McKee and all in the General Assembly who joined together to build consensus and help secure the passage of this important legislation,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, RIAC president and CEO. “We welcome this change and applaud our elected officials that chose to help the airlines that choose to invest in Rhode Island.”

The RIAC will soon begin to transition its branding to the name Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport.