Could Trump Get An Airport Named After Him?

While he has still not officially admitted defeat, Donald J. Trump seems to be increasingly contemplating an existence beyond the White House. Sources claim that the President has been making inquiries into the process of having an airport named after him.

Air Force One
As Donald Trump prepares to leave office, he is reportedly asking around about having an airport named after him. Photo: Getty Images

The soon-to-be-former President of the United States, Donald Trump, seems to be coming to terms with having lost the election. One clue to this fact is provided by the Daily Beast, which reports that he has been asking his aides and advisors which airport could be named after him when he leaves office.

No president would want an airport with “bad reputation”

Two separate sources have relayed to the media outlet that President Trump has been inquiring about the process of having airports named after previous presidents, including what kind of “paperwork” would be necessary. He has also stated on occasion that no president would want an airport with a “bad reputation” to bear their name.

The White House has made no confirmation that any such conversations have taken place. However, some top Republicans have begun making suggestions as to what airport could potentially be considered.

President Trump and Melania exit Air Force One Palm Beach Airport
Palm Beach International is just a few miles from Donald and Melania Trump’s expected post-presidency residence Mar-a-Lago. Photo: Getty Images

DJT in Florida?

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Christian Ziegler, the vice-chairman of Florida’s GOP, has suggested Palm Beach International in Florida as a potential candidate. The airport is located mere miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where he and his wife Melania could relocate after their time in the White House is up.

“How many times has Air Force One flown in there?” Mr Ziegler was quoted as saying regarding the airport, which was suggested could become “the South Florida gateway for the former president’s adoring fans.”

However, a spokesperson for Palm Beach Airport told the Sun-Sentinel that they were yet to be approached with any such inquiries.

JFK Airport terminal
One of the most famous airports named after a US president is John F. Kennedy International in Queens, New York. Photo: Getty Images

Presidential precedent

There are, of course, several airports named after former US presidents.

  • Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI), Springfield, Illinois
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT), Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport (DIK), Dickinson, North Dakota
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston, Texas
  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Queens, New York
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington, DC
  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT), Wichita, Kansas

As Gerald R. Ford wasn’t reelected (or elected for that matter), it would not be unprecedented for an airport to be named after a president having only served one term in office.

What do you think, should there be a Donald J. Trump International? Where? Let us know in the comments. 

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