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Casper's airport has a new name.

Casper/Natrona County International Airport replaces the former Natrona County International Airport.

Airport Manager Glenn Januska said the airport board listened to a variety of opinions before settling on the new name.

He said the board wanted to retain Natrona County as part of the name, but also give people an idea of where Natrona County is located, a factor as the airport develops its foreign trade zone and other projects.

"The logical thing seemed to be to incorporate Casper into the name," he said. "I think the board's view was that really meets everybody's objectives."

A new name has been under consideration for several months. Central Wyoming International and Casper International were among other options considered.

The new name was approved at an airport board meeting earlier this month.

The change requires no action by the county commission, Januska said, and has already taken effect.

"Changing the airport's name is an important step in creating a broader recognition of our service area, and will continue to be important as we develop and market the airport/industrial park, the foreign trade zone and expanded air freight operations," Airport Board President Tim Stubson said in a press release. "Branding the airport in a way that recognizes our heritage as the county's airport, while making our service area more identifiable was important to us."

Januska said the change-over of such things as signs and stationery will occur over time. The airport will also get a new logo.

Business Editor Tom Mast can be reached at tom.mast@trib.com, or call 307-266-0574.

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