Image by Jason Burt

The Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport already sees its name change visible in prominent places.

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission and staff of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport welcomed thousands Friday (May 3) to celebrate the airport’s renaming in honor of President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and unveil a new ticket lobby and baggage screening area.

President and Secretary Clinton and city and state dignitaries, including Gov. Mike Beebe, Congressman Tim Griffin, Sen. Mark Pryor, Sen. John Boozman and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, spoke at a dedication ceremony near the airport grounds.

Arnold highlighted the completion of the airport’s Phase 1 renovations – part of Clinton Airport’s Vision 2020 plan to update and expand the airport in hopes of becoming an international airport in the future.

The new ticketing lobby allows for large, open spaces that provide visitors with more room to explore the airport. The new state-of-the-art baggage system is now "behind the scenes" out of passenger areas and features high-tech screening capabilities.

Phase 1 of the Vision 2020 Plan, which was completed this week, includes a $67 million project to construct a new in-line baggage system, expansion of the security checkpoint, relocation of the airport communication center and expansion/renovation of the ticketing lobby among other items. This is the first major update to the ticket lobby since 1972.

The new, modern lobby features natural light, photography of Arkansas’ beauty and use of finishes found in The Natural State.

Other improvements in Phase 1 include:

Passenger screening checkpoint improvements
New communication control center (including dispatch center, etc.)
Relocation of valet parking
Concourse restroom renovations
Administration renovations (to consolidate departments into a central area)
Multi-user Flight Information Display System
Energy-saving upgrades
Airport entrance sign