- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Terre Haute International Airport could be changing to a more domestic name.

A name change would allow a clearer marketing plan and avoid confusion the current name sometimes causes, airport spokeswoman Abby Desboro said. She said change in name would coincide with an updated strategic plan in trying to develop more business at the airport.

“When people see the word ‘international’ in the (airport’s) name, the first question is why, then where do planes land from,” Desboro told the Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/1HAMgF8 ).

New names being considered include Terre Haute Regional Airport, Indy West Regional Airport and Wabash Valley Aeroplex.

The airport’s name was changed from Hulman Regional Airport in 1998 as officials sought foreign trade zone status from the U.S. Customs Service as officials tried to new air cargo companies. The airport lost that status in 2006 because it was never activated.

The airport is now part of the Indianapolis International Airport’s trade zone, which allows for pre-arranged international flights to land in Terre Haute. Such flights are rare.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said he’s answered a survey about the airport rebranding and believes it should include the city in the new name.

“I understand them moving away from the international designation, and we need to be reflective of what we are doing today,” he said.


Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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