Citing leadership, not politics, Phoenix City Council approves naming Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport the John S. McCain III Terminal

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Some question why other names weren’t considered

By Jessica Boehm | The Republic

When U.S. Sen. John McCain flies back to Washington, as he’s announced he intends to do in January, he may pass through an airport terminal that bears his own name.

The Phoenix City Council unanimously voted to name Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 3 after the 30-year member of the U.S. Senate at a special meeting Wednesday.

The name change takes effect immediately but signage for the John S. McCain III Terminal 3, which will cost $50,000-$60,000, isn’t expected for 8-10 weeks, according to city staff.

McCain said on Twitter and in a statement he was “deeply humbled” by the honor.



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