Planes won't be landing at Pelee Island Airport for much longer. The airport's getting a new name.   

Pelee Township has announced that on May 10, at a special ceremony, Canada's southernmost airport will become Whelan International Airport.

It's in honour of long-time Member of Parliament and Senator Eugene Whelan and his family.

Whelan served as an MP from 1962 until 1984. He was known as a colourful character and served many years as the federal agriculture minister.

His wife, Liz, grew up on Pelee island.

Eugene Whelan died in February of 2013 at the age of 88.