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Old 18th Aug 2008, 19:12
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If you think its ridiculous.. just check this out!

BBC NEWS | England | Cornwall | Airport may take Radio DJ's name

On Thursday, Newquay Airport said it would hold a meeting to decide if it should name itself after Jo Whiley.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 19:55
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Oh you youngsters!

Shortly after Churchill died there was a move to name Heathrow after him. Didn't catch on though.

Now that Ferrovial are up shit creek and will be forced to sell Gatport Airwick why not saddle it with a ridiculous name every can larf at.

Gordon Broon Int'l

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The naming convention should be thus: an individual who is dead or fictional.

For Newquay try William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies. Or when he's dead, Phillip Schofield.

Humberside, now that the county doesn't exist, should be William Wilberforce. Although the bloke who draws Desperate Dan comes from Barton, just up the road.

Leeds / Bradford could definitely be Richard Whitely. Or if they hang on a bit, Dicky Bird. Acutally, Dicky Bird International Airport has a certain ring to it!

London City? Dick Whittington. Has to be.

You're right, this is ridiculous. What's wrong with naming an airport after the nearest town or city? At least you know where you're flying to!
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 19:57
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What about naming an airport after our Gordon?

We need an airport that is taciturn, dark, spends everyone's money 'cept his Probably lousy weather with no ILS. Anyone for a suggestion?
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 20:15
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John Wayne Airport.

Not only does it make you think of a Cowboy operation, but John Wayne wasn't even the guys real name.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 21:22
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John Wayne Airport.

Not only does it make you think of a Cowboy operation, but John Wayne wasn't even the guys real name.
Marion Michael Morrison Airport? That would never do.

On the other hand, I have no problem with Kingsford Smith in Sydney; Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow Alaska; O'Hare in Chicago; Coeur d’Alene Airport-Pappy Boyington Field in Idaho, among other aviation notables. I'm even fine with Louis Armstrong International outside New Orleans and those places named for their local notables and heroes... AFTER they are deceased and IF their accomplishments resounded beyond their home... though I don't advocate bumping them off to fast-track the process...

Amelia Earhart Airport (which does exist) is problematic in that no one seems to be able to locate it.

I do have a problem with Trent Lott in Mississippi. Airport was named for that joker while he was still in office. I daresay nobody outside of the Gulf Coast of the US has any idea who he is.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 21:44
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Manchester should be named Elsie Tanner International as it has a large apron.

Just how big is the duty free shop at George Best International ?
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 21:56
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Put up a statue of someone if you must - provided they have a direct connection with the airport itself, or aviation in general. Name a terminal after them if you must. But not the whole frickin airport - it's meaningless.

I bet nobody in Canada ever calls the airline or their travel agent and tries to book a flight "from Stanfield to Pearson next Tuesday please."

And, although Boomers and wrinklies in a few other countries may have a vague inkling who Lester B Pearson was, I'll place another bet that they have no idea, nor do they care, who Robert Stanfield was.

Airports should carry the name of the principal community which they serve. Period.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 21:59
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I always wanted to call Aberdeen Airport Annie Lennox International. Went down well with ATC.

Dili - Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL/WPDL).

Not sure who Presi Nic Lobotomy was but they are proud of it and very corrupt about it.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 22:03
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I'm waiting for an airport in Norway to be named after a penguin with a knighthood
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 00:06
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Norman Y Mineta San Jose Int'l [KSJC] skillfully named after a Secretary of Transportation and Congressman. In 2003, the airfield was named after former mayor Ernie Renzel. Talk about rewriting history.

John Wayne [KSNA] has enough names to confuse. I once asked about Santa Ana airport - it is at Santa Ana, Calif, and that fits its designator. The airline person went blank. Then is was known as Orange County and may still be to some people.

I really object to naming airports after people, dead or alive. It sounds like eastern Europe where the names change as political winds blow.

Congressman Bob Barr used his position to have Ronald Reagan's name added to Washington National Airport. Barr has now decided that Republicans aren't pure enough and he's running for president of the US on the Libertarian ticket.
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 01:55
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We can but hope. After all, there were:

St Petersburg
Petrograd (I think, but I'm open to correction
St Petersburg
Petrograd is correct, but it was the second name in the sequence, before Leningrad. The Russians renamed it in WW1 because -burg sounded German, for the same reason Batenberg became Mountbaten in Britain at the same time.
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 07:16
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NCL should be either Earl Grey International or Shearer International.

How about London City being Alan Sugar Int.?

As for Heathrow, the bloody thieves and highwaymen who haunted the heath after which the area is named are still there, working in the baggage loading areas. So perhaps Dick Turpin International?
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 07:53
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On balance I prefer the City name, and where there's more than one airport, locality. Always liked Idlewild - still use it in company that understands.

As an aside, a long time ago I came across an Australian customs reference to KSIA. Wondered where the heck in the USA that one was. Kingsford Smith International Airport of course.
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 09:00
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What's wrong with naming an airport after the nearest town or city?
Crawley Airport
Hounslow International
Bishops Stortford Airport
Luton..... (can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear )

Accra, Ghana = Kotoka International Airport. Colonel Emmanual Kotoka shot nearby during an attempted coup.

Gaborone, Botswana = Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. First president of independant Botswana.
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 09:05
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Luton - Lorraine Chase Intl
Stansted - Jamie Oliver Intl
Southampton - John Arlott Intl
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 10:43
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Re my earlier post.

I'll make an exception for John Arlott.
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 11:11
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Can't have Lorraine Chase for Luton as she is from Deptford, unless we are counting ghastly attempts at singing as somehow representing the best of a town.

Best I can come up with for Luton is Paul Young (80's warbler famous for covering Wherever I Lay My Hat) or 70's punk Eddie Tenpole-Tudor, latterly more famous for presenting The Crystal Maze.
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Old 19th Aug 2008, 21:11
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The irony is that nobody uses these "official" names anyway. I've never heard anyone in France say "I'm going to Charles de Gaulle airport"; it's still referred to as "Roissy" - the village near which the airport was built. Same goes for Aeroport Lyon-Antoine de Saint-Exupery; although in this case the connection with aviation is clear, everybody still refers to it by its previous name, "Satolas".

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Old 19th Aug 2008, 22:48
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We sometimes used to operate from Bad Tolz, in Germany in the early 1980s. A US helicopter base.

The base commander died at his post. It was hence named after him.

They called it: Colonel A.J. 'Bo' Baker Field.

A nice thought but it didn't roll off the tongue quite as easily.
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