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Eagle County still mulling airport name

Melanie Wong
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. ” What’s in a name?

County commissioners have wrestled over what to re-name the Eagle County Regional Airport for the past month after getting input from residents, businesses and towns.

Marketing consultants have spoken, suggesting “Colorado International Airport.” The resort and the town of Vail have weighed in ” they want “Vail” to be in the name. Commissioners talked about a compromise, such as “Vail-Eagle County Airport.”

The Vail Daily posed the question to the valley’s residents and visitors: What would you name the airport?

Some balked at giving Vail a piece of the name. Beaver Creek resident Bob West was skeptical of naming everything in the valley “Vail.”

“Why don’t we just sell the naming rights, then, instead of just giving it away? I’m bidding $1 to name the airport ‘Bob’,” he said.

“Vail’s not the center of the universe,” said Bill McLeod of Colorado Springs. “You could call it the Eagle Airport, then you would know that it’s the mountain airport, and there’s still the local association.”

But others thought some variation of “Vail Airport” would be a good business move.

“You’d get more business if you changed the name to something with Vail in it, and that’s good, right?” said Grand Junction resident Lil Poling.

Edwards resident June Vanourek said she would prefer “Gerald K. Ford Airport,” or the “Gerald and Betty Ford Airport.”

“They’ve been such an asset to this community, and it’s a good compromise,” she said.

She would be fine with having Vail in the name, too.

“It’s recognizable. Most of the money coming in is from visitors, and they don’t know Eagle County,” she said.

But having “Vail” or “Eagle-Vail” in the name just causes confusion about the airport’s location, some said.

“People are going to get confused either way,” said Jeff Mohrman, who owns a bike shop in Eagle-Vail. “People come by all the time and ask where it is. They think it’s in Eagle-Vail.”

While Vail is well-known on the map, the name “Rocky Mountain Airport” would be more representative of the whole area, said Vail resident Josh Mongillo.

“The whole idea of the Rocky Mountains is already marketed. When you go to the Rockies, you really think of the Vail to Breckenridge area,” he said.

Some residents didn’t see any reason to change the name at all.

“Why change it? I guess only us Coloradans recognize Eagle County, but it’s indicative of where it is,” said Edwards resident Eric Kaye.

Gypsum resident Emily Morland agreed ” and not only people headed to Vail use it, she said.

“I think Eagle County Airport is fine,” she said.


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