(CNN) — As of Tuesday, December 14, some travelers going to Las Vegas may notice a change in their itineraries.
That day, the airport formerly known as McCarran International Airport is set to become Harry Reid International Airport. Its FAA code, LAS, will stay the same.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude to Commissioner (Tick) Segerblom, the entire Clark County Commission, and the many others who have played a part in this renaming.”
The airport is currently named for a different US senator. The late Pat McCarran served in Congress from 1933 to 1954.
The news comes as Las Vegas continues to deal the devastating economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
That has hit passenger traffic at the airport hard. Some 22.2 million travelers passed through its gates in 2020, meaning that passenger volume at LAS fell 56.9% compared with 2019, according to the Clark County Department of Aviation.
A small ceremony is scheduled to be held at the airport Tuesday to make the new name official.
Top photo: A plane takes off at McCarran International Airport. Credit: AP Photo/John Locher, File