Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3224 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
I want to start alittle bit of a grass routes movement to rename London's two major airports. There's already one for heathrow... That being Princess Dianna..... for London heathrow.... no complaints there.
But, Here's the controvertial one. Gatwick. I want Gatwick renamed "Margret Thatcher Intercontinental".
I think the name suits it perfectly. Firstly, there is a very strong American presence at this airport. Thatcher, had a very strong relationship with the Americans.
Secondaly, it was Virgin Atlantic's birthplace, and Thatcher and branson have quite a good relationship.
Third. The very strong LCC presense at this airport fits in with the nature of Thatcher. She was great believer in free enterprise, and the big easyjet operation alone there really fits in with that. If the name "thatcher Intercontinental" doesn't appeal, How about "thatcher europort?"
I think though, giving the huge american presence at this airport, the name "Thatcher Intercontinental" is very fitting and certainly would make Gatwick seem a little more important in the eyes of the international community than it does today.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3582 times:
Why not keep the names as they are? Both Heathrow and Gatwick are well-known to the public as the crossroads of the skies and there is no need to further improve the public awareness of these airports.
You can spare a lot of controversy if you don't rename such well-known airports with the name of a former prime minister and, in the other case, someone, whose greatest achievement in life was arguably her extensive self-promotion to the yellow press.
[Edited 2004-04-22 11:27:56]
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Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8245 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3561 times:
If someone names an airport after Thatch, I'll kill myself. And so will most people in the UK. Come and visit and see the social devastation that psycho wreaked on this country before you tell us what to name our airports.
Cadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3513 times:
Interesting point. While I wouldn't wish ill on Mrs T (I was always a big fan), the fact is that she is elderly and has had some health scares, so we may soon be facing the question of how to commemorate her life. I can't see any of the London airports being renamed in their entirety, although T5 at Heathrow might be a possibility. My money is on a Royal Navy nuclear powered submarine or one of the new Type 45 destroyers.
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4313 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3246 times:
I don't know... I think people would call the airport its proper name after just a few years.
In the USA, people came to know JFK Airport in New York pretty soon after it was commemorated for the fallen President. Sure there some who called it Idyllwild (and still do) but people got used to name pretty quickly.
As for LHR and LGW, I hope they don't change the names. As someone else said, they are very recognizable and very British names. Heathrow sounds like a grassy meadow (not a concrete jungle).
PU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
Come on, if you're gonna rename the airports at least give'em some more glorious name, like Churchill Int'l, or maybe choose Sir Francis Drake, or a king. Not that I think Thatcher didn't leave her mark on British history, but, well, I think that there are people that deserve it more... And, just imagine how neat a Churchill-CDG flight would be....
USAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2985 times:
I totally agree that the names of both of these airports should remain Heathrow & Gatwick. They are 2 of the most recognizable airports in the world, even among Americans. While the average American may not know what cities John Wayne International or George Bush Intercontinental are in, they will certainly identify Heathrow & Gatwick with London. I'm confident that most people worldwide are the same way.
If something must be renamed in Thatcher's honor, what about Luton?
Skyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2786 times:
Whats wrong with the current names? Heathrow and Gatwick sound perfectly OK.
JFK got called that simply because it was at that time not uncommon in the US to name airports after distinguished government servants but also because JFK airports real name, Idlewild, did not have quite the same ring or cachet that made it sound like a major international airport.
Leave LHR & LGW alone.
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OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 920 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2720 times:
Heathrow and Gatwick, as many stated above, are two of the most famous airports in the world, just like JFK and Narita for example.
I see no reason to rename either of them, especially with a name of someone as controversial as Margaret Thatcher. I've nothing against the Iron Lady myself, but look at some of the opinions above...
An airport should be named so that everyone, well, at least almost everyone would like it. Warsaw Frederick Chopin is a perfect example. Why not, say,
William Shakespeare International, if it has to be renamed?
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2657 times:
Keep them as they are... Heathrow & Gatwick are fine!
It's not exactly like Diana has been relegated to nothing more than a belch in some worm's conversation.... hell, any book about her still becomes a best seller, and just the other day she's getting all this media coverage over post-crash/pre-mortem pictures.
Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2612 times:
Heathrow's history goes far longer back than what is expressed in the BAA website! The original grass runway airport, at Hounslow Heath, was the place of the very first commercial international flight! For some good value information, explore the link below:-
VS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2517 times:
I thought the original post was a joke. At least I found it very entertaining and somewhat ironic since I think the idea of changing the airports names is rather impossible - it is not like the Brits are known for their eagerness for change of any kind.
Also, Sir Richard never liked Thatcher. She was a huge supporter of BA. She moved heaven and earth to privatize it - including having US President Reagan use his veto powers to terminate the litigation in the US that Sir Freddie Lakers started over collusion against his airline.
And of course, Gatwick is hardly intercontinental with its one physical runway.