Dsa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2505 times:
I am looking forward to the first flights out of Doncaster Sheffield as I am a local! There are now quite a few European destinations now on offer, but I am just wondering what people thought of the name 'ROBIN HOOD AIRPORT' because many people are in uproar about it because. . .
1) It is too long
2) Robin Hood didn't even live in Doncaster or Sheffield
3) People say travellers will get confused between Nottingham East Midlands Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport
4) It sounds so crap! How many people do you know are going to say 'oh yes i passed through Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport the other day'
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
Have to admit it sounds pretty stupid. Robin Hood is one of those characters who's based on reality but is pretty much just fictional now. It'd be like calling an airport here in the US "Daniel Boone" or something.
My guess is that it just won't catch on and people will just keep saying "Doncaster" or "Sheffield" or whatever they say today. That happens a lot in these sorts of renamings. I've only heard a handful of people here in NY ever say "Newark Liberty", everyone still just says "Newark." Back home in the Big Raisin, no one who isn't connected with the industry says "Fresno Yosemite International" - people either say "FAT" or just "the airport."
BTW, does anyone in the UK (not connected with the airport) call Liverpool "John Lennon"?
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3788 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2369 times:
It is a fitting name for any airport, it seems, albeit with an ever so slightly different twist to the "take from the rich to give to the poor" legend of Robin Hood. To be more correct in the airport/air travel context it would be "shake down those who can afford to fly to subsidize government boondoggles."
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2309 times:
It always baffled me why they chose the name 'Robin Hood'. Only afterwards did I find out what his connection had been with the area (which I have now forgotten again as it seemed a pretty lame reason to name the airport after him). Virtually everyone who has heard of Robin Hood thinks of Sherwood Forest and Nottingham, not Doncaster or Sheffield.
As mentioned by others, I also think that the people using the airport will eventually just call it Doncaster-Sheffield or even just one of the two, bit like how Leeds-Bradford is often just referred to as Leeds.
SignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2260 times:
I can imagine some of the Local up-roar about this. I was extremely annoyed when East Midlands changed to Nottingham East Midlands. Being a person born in Derby, I found it disgusting. Why people want to come to Nottingham anyway I don't know. Even I don't know what this "Robin Hood" has got to do with Doncaster/Sheffield, so I doubt many foreigners will know. What's so special about this "Robin Hood" lad anyway?
I just see it as another Airport which has been branded with something to do with the Beautiful place that isn't Nottingham.
What's with all the long names as well?
Durham Tees Valley
Nottingham East Midlands
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield
VS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1062 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
I think it is somewhat weird to have the airport named Robin Hood. To me, this is the equivalent of having a Cinderella Airport. But you can be pretty sure that over time one shortened name of the airport will get establised. For instance, the airport in Boston is General Edward L. Logan International Airport, very commonly referred to as Logan, sometimes as Boston Logan, and you can bet that the vast majority of the people have no idea who the General was.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11919 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2184 times:
VS11, isn't Logan right next to the "Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge"?
As others have said here and elsewhere, it's entirely predictable that sooner or later airports will sell naming rights just like stadia do. So, perhaps some day you will get off your plane and see a sign welcoming you to the "Reebok Logan International Airport", or some such nonsense.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2985 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2052 times:
I live over 100 miles from the airport in wonderful Northamptonshire(!), and from an outsider I think the name is aweful and completely misleading!
Everyone thinks of Robin Hood as being associated with Nottingham and is over 40 miles from there. I appreciate locals might disagree and say Robin Hood is associated to the Doncaster area, but an outsider like myself is not really going to know this.
I can see why people from Nottingham and East Midlands Airport are upset by the name. Im surprised Ryanair have not had anything to do with name!
It should be called Sheffield International!
Im not into all this naming airports after people and should leave it to the Americans, the name Liverpool John Lennon Airport is bad enough. If it really has to be named after someone let it atleast be someone real and not some fictitous character!
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
Its to attract inbound tourists into the airport. Its not there for the outbound flyers - they wil know that it is the airport local to Doncaster and Sheffield. But with the growth of the airport heavily reliant on LCC services, it needs to attract people to fly IN to there as well. Plain Doncaster or Sheffield or South Yorkshire would not really mean anything, but to give it a historical figure's name might just help (in theory).
If Coventry's owners were smart, they would rename it William Shakespeare airport, and market its proximity to Stratford That'll get the tourists flooding in from Europe.
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