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Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?  
User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2694 posts, RR: 15
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5995 times:

I did some searching on the internet but the only thing I could find about Narita is the airport itself and that it is an Indian name.

How did Tokyo come up with this name for their new airport?


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User currently offlineSFORunner From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5983 times:

Is it not the name of the city the airport is located in?

User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5983 times:

I believe that was the name of the village that the airport was built in just outside of Tokyo.

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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25148 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5956 times:

Narita is a small town were the airport was built at.

I have visited "downtown" Narita on several layovers in the past.



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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3325 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5949 times:

it was the name of Japan's world champion sumo wrestler from the 1970's...  Wink

User currently offlineKtachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1793 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5921 times:

Narita is indeed the name of the town that it was built in. It is interesting, if some naieve guy didn't suggest to the government to build the airport there, then it would have been located in Sanrizuka city which is also a part of Chiba prefecture and it wouldn't have had to deal with all the land constraints that it currently deals with........

The name of the airport itself recently got switched over to Narita airport. Before that, it was called Shin-Tokyo International airport (New Tokyo International Airport) because HND is called Tokyo International Airport.



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User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5826 times:

Many airports are called by the village they are closets to - and since it's small villages never heard of before, it does sound "exotic" at times:
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA
to name but a few ...



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User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5835 times:

Helsinki-VANTAA. Is that exotic or just strange? Big grin

Yes, I wish it wasn't Narita where the New Tokyo International Airport is located, as maybe then Finnair could get more than two slots per week there...



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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5814 times:

Also:

Buenos Aires EZEIZA (Even though the official name is "Ministro Pistarini Int'l"
Madrid BARAJAS
Barcelona EL PRAT (Right next to the town of EL Prat de Llobregat)
Montevideo CARRASCO

And the list goes on...



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12450 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5705 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 8):
And the list goes on...

London HEATHROW, GATWICK, STANSTEAD

all are place names, I believe. You can even include London City Airport in the list too, since London City is a distinct district.



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5616 times:

Bristol Lulsgate!!
Cardiff Rhoose
Newcastle Woosington
Manchester Ringway..

etc.


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5554 times:

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Many airports are called by the village they are closets to - and since it's small villages never heard of before, it does sound "exotic" at times:
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA
to name but a few ...

Didn't know that about MEL...I think that's one of the coolest names for an airport..."Tullamarine"


User currently offlineFiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5442 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 8):
And the list goes on...

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User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

I presumed it was Japanese for "Huge Airport That's A Pain In The Ass"  Smile

Seriously, it's interesting to see this international naming convention, especially since we don't seem to practice it here in the US. If our airports have more words in the name, they seem to either be a dead politician or some weird bit of wishful thinking (yep, I'm looking at YOU, "Fresno-Yosemite International"...)

It would be interesting if we had such a practice here in the US:
New York - Astoria (La Guardia)
New York - Howard Beach (JFK)
Tampa - Westshore
Denver - Middle Of BFE  Smile


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26444 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5402 times:

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Amsterdam SHIPOL

Schiphol

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Singapore CHANGI

As Singapore is a City-State, Changi is in Singapore.

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 13):
New York - Howard Beach (JFK)

Was Idlewild before 1963

Well, in the US we have Cincinnatti Northern-Kentucky (where it actually is) and the code is CVG for Covington, Kentucky
Maui's airport is Kahului International, after the village of Kahului where it is. Same with Maui Kapalua. Keyhole-Kona as well.

Many major airports in the US are simply named for their city, like Los Angeles International, Miami International, San Fransisco International, etc.



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User currently offlineFewsolarge From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5323 times:

It does come from a town name, but here's where the town name came from: The "nari" character means to become or come of age, and the "ta" character (same as in Haneda, Honda, Toyota, etc.) means field or rice paddy. Haneda literally means wing field.

User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5285 times:

The' code for Jakarta Soekarno Hatta airport is CGK which stands for Cangkareng, the area it was built on.

User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2694 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5275 times:

Thanks for the information everyone. Interesting that the naming of airports after a local town seems to be a non-U.S. practice. I like it better than naming airports after people. Thanks for explaining the word, Fewsolarge. If I have a daughter someday, I think I might name her Narita. I like that name.

Nick


User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5174 times:

And if you'll have a son, maybe you want to name him as Los Angeles International, or...Lax!

User currently offlineACAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 710 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 17):
Thanks for the information everyone. Interesting that the naming of airports after a local town seems to be a non-U.S. practice. I like it better than naming airports after people. Thanks for explaining the word, Fewsolarge. If I have a daughter someday, I think I might name her Narita. I like that name.

How about Arlanda?



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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3325 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 11):
Didn't know that about MEL...I think that's one of the coolest names for an airport..."Tullamarine"

Tullamarine isn't an official name for Melbourne Airport, and is usually only used by Australians in the south-eastern parts of the region.

I wonder is Avalon, The airport that jetstar operates from [and QF does its maintenance] refers to the area as well? does anyone know?


User currently offlineN228UA From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 17):
If I have a daughter someday, I think I might name her Narita. I like that name.

Narita is a common family name here but I've yet to see it as a first name.


User currently offlineSwisskloten From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4960 times:

So, are Arlanda, Landvetter and Sturup actually names of towns? Malmo isn't big compared to other cities in Europe, a measly 300,000 people! Stockholm has only around 800,000 as well. Any Swede a.netters who can answer this?

User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4900 times:

Here in New Zealand there is Mangere (Auckland), Rongotai (Wellington) Harewood (Christchurch) and Momona (Dunedin). Most of them are the Maori names for the areas they are built on.

Narita is quite a nice place. A Qantas technical crew took me to all the night spots, certainly more fun than staying in central Tokyo as you could be in a rocking pub within an hour of touchdown.


User currently offlineAADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2088 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4892 times:

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Many airports are called by the village they are closets to - and since it's small villages never heard of before, it does sound "exotic" at times:
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA
to name but a few ...

My favorite airport name is Milan Malpensa, which is named after the nearby town, but it appears to translate as something like "bad thought" or "bad idea." "Schiphol" (whirlpool) is a good one too.

Two of the airports here in the Los Angeles area are named after actors: John Wayne (SNA) and Bob Hope (BUR). I nominate Jimmy Stewart to be the new name for LAX. He played Charles Lindbergh in "The Spirit of St. Louis," and an aeronautical engineer in "No Highway in the Sky." He of course, also had a cameo in "Airport '77." I suppose they could revert to its original name: Mines Field. You could then make funny puns about "minefields."

Nartia is actually much better now that it was when it opened. You used to have to take a bus past the angry farmers. Now the train goes right into the terminal. Still, it would be a ghost town if international airlines were not forced to fly there instead of Haneda.


User currently offlineCOEWR787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 337 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4801 times:

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA

Delhi PALAM
Bombay/Mumbai SANTA CRUZ
Calcutta/Kolkata DUM DUM

None of them official names, but often referred to as such locally.


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