Las Vegas: Clearing up confusion about Harry Reid International Airport Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal · February 22, 2021 at 8:45 pm The decision to rename McCarran International Airport after former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid seemed to catch many off guard. Some readers and many on social media wondered if the decision by the Clark County Commission was the only step needed to get the renaming process going. The short answer is yes. Since McCarran is in Clark County’s jurisdiction, it has the authority to change the name with a vote by the commissioners, who voted unanimously for the change last week. No other authoritative body has to approve the name change and no other vote has to occur. Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of the Clark County Department of Aviation, still must submit the request along with the minutes from the commission meeting to the Federal Aviation Administration.