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Welcome to Harry Reid International Airport: Commission OKs name change

Steve Marcus

An Allegiant Air passenger jet taxis to a runway for take off at McCarran International Airport Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responds to a question during an interview at his office in the Bellagio Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responds to a question throughout an interview at his office within the Bellagio Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Visitors who fly to Las Vegas will quickly be touchdown at Harry Reid International Airport.

The Clark County Commission unanimously voted right this moment to rename McCarran International Airport for the retired U.S Senate majority chief and Searchlight native.

Commissioner Ross Miller stated he was receptive to renaming the airport Las Vegas International Airport, one frequent suggestion from individuals who questioned eradicating the longstanding name of late Nevadan and U.S. Sen. Pat McCarran — an aviation proponent but in addition a recognized racist and anti-Semite — from the airport.

“But that’s not enough, in my opinion. This matters as to what we name our airport when we greet visitors to our community,” Miller stated. “All throughout the history of the world, in different cultures, different places, you name things in your community after people that represent your community. And to me, Sen. Reid embodies the American Dream. He came from nothing and became one of the most powerful people in the entire world.”

County aviation director Rosemary Vassiliadis will notify the Federal Aviation Administration of the change.

Commissioner Tick Segerblom, who led the renaming cost, stated rebranding prices shall be lined by non-public contributions.