After Pushback, PTI Airport Open To Name Suggestions
Officials voted to begin the rebranding process last month. The airport authority said the new name would be the “Central North Carolina International Airport.”
Supporters say it will provide a better idea of where the airport is located and help make it more competitive in attracting economic development. But some local residents don’t like it. They’re upset that public input wasn’t part of the decision, and they say it’s unnecessary.
PTI Executive Director Kevin Baker says he was surprised by the reaction.
"Knowing the high level interest some of the public has, the authority has said it will entertain ideas as we go through this branding process that still meets the goal of having a geographic tie to it,” he says.
The name change was set to take effect on January 1, 2018. Baker says signs and other references to PTI will remain in tact until the process is completed.
The airport authority will meet again on January 23.
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