WARWICK – Despite passage of bills by the House and Senate to change the name of T.F. Green Airport to include “Rhode Island,” the airport will retain its name because neither chamber approved the other’s version before the legislative session ended, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported June 25.
The R.I. Airport Corp. requested the name change, supported by the airlines, saying the inclusion of “Rhode Island” would raise awareness of the airport’s existence to travelers outside the state.
The House approved the name change to Rhode Island International Airport June 20 and proposed to rename the InterLink transportation hub to the T.F. Green InterLink. The Senate amended it to Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport June 23.
The airport was renamed T.F. Green Airport in 1938 in honor of Theodore Francis Green, the late governor and senator.