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Cool Airport Names - What Are Your's  
User currently offlineB747FAN From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 82 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10481 times:

Airport have such unusual names sometimes, and some of them are very very cool.

For instance: Phoenix, AZ - Sky Harbor International
Melbourne - Tullamarine
Mumbai - Chatrapati Shivaji Intl.

Now airport codes are another story by itself. Quite hard to comprehend for a non-aviation buff.

Orlando - MCO (should'nt it be ORL) ha.ha.
Newark - EWR

And why do most Canadian airports begin with Y (YYZ YUL etc.......) weird!!

There should be a council formed to reform names and simplify the airport codes for the common traveller.

Would be nice to have your thoughts.


) He turns not back who is bound to a star. - Leonardo Da Vinci.
60 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2496 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10394 times:

Norwich International Airport in the UK, not really an international airport, only has about 2 flights a day.


User currently offlineGLA MD11 From France, joined Mar 2000, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10384 times:

Reform airport names and it will be an entire mess... Imagine: all the computer systems to be updated (in airports, for ticketing and in the planes themselves...)

Here in Paris, we have ORY (for Paris ORLY airport) and CDG (for Paris - Roissy CHARLES DE GAULLE airport).

Nothing weird here, sorry.

User currently offlineUPSfueler From United States of America, joined May 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10371 times:

One funny airport name in my opinion is by my house. Its RFD(rockford illinois) and its some 80 miles from ORD. Trasnmeridian started flying out of here last month and all of a sudden it goes from Greater Rockford Airport, to Northwest Chicagoland Regional Airport. I guess there trying to lure customers into thinking its close to Chicago.LOL.

User currently offlineTavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 872 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10360 times:

What about EL DORADO international Airport at Bogotá (SKBO-BOG)? I think is a cool name  Smile

Just put me on any modern airliner and i will be happy, give me more star alliance miles and i will be a lot more happy.
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19607 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10357 times:

"Norwich International Airport in the UK, not really an international airport, only has about 2 flights a day."

As long as it has ANY international flights, it will be deemed an international airport.

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineVCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10331 times:

VCE - Venice/Marco Polo Airport

User currently offlinePouyazad From Iran, joined Sep 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10322 times:

My hometown in Tehran. It is called: Mehrabad International Airport.
Mehrabad in Persian language means "the land of kindness"

User currently offlineAndersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10300 times:

ABQ is known as the Albuquerque International Sunport - don't call it an airport  Smile

Oh how I long for the day when the skies were truly Friendly!
User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10247 times:

Mauritius (long):
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Denpasar - Bali (nice):
Ngurah Rai International

Faaa International

Best Business Class: Royal Brunei. Best Economy: Singapore Airlines. First: please send money first!
User currently offlineDelta fly boy From Japan, joined Oct 2000, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10222 times:

Orlando MCO is for McCoy In't Airport.

User currently offlineHBFly From Austria, joined Jul 2003, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10185 times:

Mine is:
SZG : Salzburg - W.A. Mozart

I have a better name for Seattle/Tacoma:
Seattle - Kurt Cobain  Big thumbs up

Bernhard Dallner -- Salzburg - W.A. Mozart (SZG / LOWS) -- Canon EOS 300D
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10169 times:

ORL is the code for Herndon Airport, Orlando (ever heard of it ??). ORL is also the city code for the multi-airport ciy Orlando, which has MCO, ORL, SFB as airports, and DWS (DisneyWorld Heliport).

I always liked Leonardo Da Vinci - Fiumicino as an airport name.

User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2616 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10149 times:

Was originally McCoy AFB:

SAC Bases: Pinecastle / McCoy Air Force Base

Location: Orlando, Florida
Home of: 306th Bomb Wing, 321st Bomb Wing, 4047th Strategic Wing
Status: Closed 1974. Part of base is now operating as the Orlando International Airport

Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.
User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3560 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10105 times:

I quite like Kloten airport! Kloten also happens to be a Dutch worth meaning *****. (something in the genitals area)

User currently offlineSunValley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10081 times:

GEG for Spokane has always been an odd code, but it stands for
Geiger Field.

User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10023 times:

Chennai/Madras - Meenambakam Airport (MAA)

Departure halls, areas, loundges of the international airport have recently completely changed. A miracle ! It is now spacious, comfortable, very clean, many shops, bars..... It's cool now and much easier than before to check in and so on.

Rgds. Kilavoud.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4086 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9958 times:

Regarding ORD: That is because before it was called O'Hare, it was called Orchard Field. Hence ORD.

Coolest Name for an Airport:
Baghdad - Saddam International  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Please don't get me wrong, I just think it sounds funny.

Another cool code:
EZE (Buenos Aires) (because the town where the airport is is called Ezeiza)
Sounds like "Easy"

"Take it EZE and fly to EZE"

I feel very stupid writing this.  Big thumbs up

All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9946 times:

Tullamarine is a favorite, as is Heathrow and Kai-Tak. Kurt Cobain Int'l., huh? I think I'd drive to Portland first...

I always remembered/read "EZE" as "EZ-E", like the rap star, back in the day when I listened to rap, but that's been a while. I REALLY feel stupid writing that!

LOL about ABQ....Portland, Maine is "Portland International JETPORT" as opposed to airport, along those same lines.

Fun post...thanks! Nice to take a break from all the anti-United posts once in a while.

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9910 times:

I live near ISP, Long Island MacArthur Airport. It's one of the few major public facilities anywhere in the United States named after Douglas MacArthur. That's rather odd, as he was one of the country's leading generals.

"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7526 posts, RR: 76
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9889 times:

Bandung BDO/WIIB... "Husein Sastranegara Intl."... Named after an airforce leader... my cousin's grandfather in law... LOL currently having NO intl flights!

Manado MDO/WAMM... "Sam Ratulangi Intl."... Ratulangi... I think it means "Queen of the Rainbow/Sky"... however, the airport was named after a guy!

Tanjung Pinang TJP/WIKN "Kijang Airport"... it means... Deer. Nice little airport with some "fun flying" memories...

Solo SOC/WRSC Adi Sumarmo and Jogjakarta JOG/WIIJ Adi Sucipto... 2 airports near each other, with similar names... Both at each other's throat!

The soon to be constructed New Medan Airport.. Kuala Namu... Someone had the idea of naming it Kwalanamu to make it sound African.. No Joke!

Some International ones...

Genova GOA/LIMJ Sestri-Cristoforo Colombo Big grin
Barcelona BCN El Pratt Big grin
Madeira Funchal... Funchal... Fun Challenge... coincidental pun there...

When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
User currently offlineAnt72LBA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 418 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9850 times:

Some in the UK;

Liverpool John Lennon International Airport; formerly just Liverpool Airport and before that I think it was called Speke (the area it's in, I think?).

Manchester is still known to some as Ringway - no idea why.

Teeside is a former RAF base; RAF Middleton St. George.

I think Leeds Bradford served as an RAF base during the war but had been established beforehand; shame someone didn't have the foresight to put it in a better position.

A number of other UK airports are former RAF bases (if not the vast majority?); I'd be pretty sure Humberside, Edinburgh, Prestwick, Norwich and Kent (RAF Manston) are, perhaps some locals could come up with the former names.

Overall I'd say we're pretty conservative about naming our Airports in the UK, here's a few suggestions:

Leeds-Bradford: Geoffery Boycott International (most famous living Yorkshireman, ex-English cricketer).
Norwich: Delia Smith International (TV cook and now probably rich enough to have a plane based there).
Newcastle: Jack Milburn International (it's either that or Sting.........).

User currently offlineRafabozzolla From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 1402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9843 times:

I like Rio's GIG "Rio de Janeiro Internacional - Antonio Carlos Jobim", for those who might not know it, Tom Jobim, the guy who composed "Girl from Ipanema". Also on my list is SDU, "Santos Dumont" the guy who indisputably made the first SELF SUPORTED FLIGHT in the world (Paris 1906).

Don't ask me why but I also have a soft spot for Madrid-Barajas, just sounds good!!!

User currently offlineEgpx From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2002, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9843 times:

Surprised no one has mentioned Liverpool - John Lennon International. I guess it came down to him dying before the other Beatles. George Harrison must be kicking himself, assuming he has reincarnated himself as something with legs  Wink/being sarcastic

My local airport is Prestwick, optimisticly calling itself Glasgow Prestwick. Prior to this it was Prestwick (Scotland) Airport which wasn't a bad idea as at least people would know what country Prestwick is in  Smile There was a proposal to call it Robbie Burns International but, thankfully, they knocked that idea on the head, sorry, hied Big grin

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25340 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9734 times:

EGPX, Its heid  Big thumbs up
Glasgow should be renamed Ally McCoist International  Big thumbs up

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
25 FunFlying : My friend once said that HEL shoud be named after Sibelius, the well known Finnish composer. Sibelius International.. FF
26 JGPH1A : South African airports were all named after Prime Ministers (ghastly fascists to a man !). JNB - Jan Smuts DUR - Louis Botha CPT - DF Malan (arch-fasc
27 Post contains images David_itl : I thoiught LPL's full name was: LiverpoolJohnLennonLovelyBlokeTrueScouserNeverMindThatHeLivedInNewYorkReally MAN was originally situated around the v
28 Bmiema19 : I really like Barbados airports' name (BGI) Barbados - Grantley Adams - it has a real Carribbean sound to it (if you say it in a kinda Jamaican rasta
29 PROSA : One thing I dislike is the practice of naming airports after living people. This has started with IAH, GRR and DCA, and undoubtely will continue. Dead
30 B747FAN : Probably the worst Airport I have been to is Bom (has a cool name, but the airport is like stepping into hell). Had a major issue in immigration. I ha
31 Killerbabe : Schiphol is a 'cool' airport-name, special when you know the history about the Haarlemmermeer, were Schiphol is situated
32 OOPJV : For Dutch speaking people, the name of Zurich Airport, "Kloten", has a very strange and special meaning... I don't want to translate this to English..
33 Post contains images Egpx : 'EGPX, Its heid ' Yes, I know, bloody typo... For some reason the spell checker didn't pick it up Can't say I agree with Ally McCoist International fo
34 Post contains images GKirk : ROFLMAO
35 Canuckpaxguy : I heard Prime Minister Chretien just renamed Montreal's Mirabel Airport (YMX) after the late PM Pierre Trudeau. Any truth to these rumours? I think PE
36 Ams : Again Kloten airport is my favourite!.....it means this **** word in Dutch language but it is quite funny to say...I book you an one way ticket to Klo
37 Deltaffindfw : Dorval (YUL) is being renamed after Trudeau - not Mirabel.
38 EZYAirbus : London Luton International, not exactly London is it? London is a good 40miles away from the airport!!! Glenn
39 Lufthansa : Lets not forget the ego maniacs that name airports after themselves... Like Saddam Hussein International airport
40 Vimanav : My home airport at Calcutta is presently called Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. But it will for me (and thousands of Calcuttans) for
41 Kavanagh : Santiago Airport (SCL), its complete name is COMODORO ARTURO MERINO BENITEZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, some people just call it PUDAHUEL AIRPORT, because
42 Post contains images BRU : BRU official name is Brussels National Airport. How's that for the country's only INTERnational airport
43 Planemannyc : Zia International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh was named after a past president, Zia-ur Rahman. Funny thing about ZIA is that the acronym stands for Z
44 Homer71 : I agree with PROSA...nothing against former Presidents Bush and Reagan, etc., you need to be dead before being memorialized in an airport name. That b
45 PROSA : I don't how they got IAH...International Airport of Houston? I believe that's it.
46 B747FAN : Just wondering if corporations or individuals could purchase naming rights for airports. For example, in America, many corporations buy naming rights
47 Mozart : Two cool ones: The first one is Luxembourg "Findel", which as such is not a funny word but merely the village where it is - but since it is the only a
48 Chi-town : I like SJU. San Luis Marin International Airport
49 Copaair737 : Guams got a cool one Won B. Pat Guam International Airport
50 A330Fan1 : Great airport names: Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji Int'l (yes, 2 "H"s...) Kolkata: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Int'l Papeete: F'aaa Int'l Nairobi: Jomo K
51 N312RC : Worlds most long winded airport name is my home: Detroit Metropolitan/Wayne County International Airport. Which is home to the Edward H. McNamara Midf
52 Expressjetphx : It's gotta be: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (KPHX/PHX) You have to admit thats pretty original...
53 Canadian747 : For me the best has to be Punta Cana "La Americas" international airport or PUJ.
54 PROSA : Shanghai: Pudong Int'l Which sounds faintly-but-not-quite vulgar.
55 Post contains images Lfutia : I like Schiphol - what an awesome name!! Chhatrapati Shivaji Thiruvanathapuram - a mouthful of words Kolkata's NSCB Airport Leo/ORD
56 Jsmith : What about also Toronto's Pearson International Airport and Singapore Changi? Taipei has two named airports - Chiang Kai Shek International and Sung S
57 Post contains images COspn : Best Airport Code YAP= Yap International Airport Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia, glad the Canadian's did not take it ... Houston G Bush In
58 Post contains images LPL : Ant72LBA, Speke was the name of the old terminal building, which was about 2 or 3 miles away from the present site. It was closed in 1986. I don't lik
59 Krushny : Porto Airport is named "Francisco Sa Carneiro" . The "cool" thing about the name is that this guy was killed in an airplane crash...
60 RoyalOrchid773 : How about the coming SUVARNABHUMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in Bangkok?
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