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User currently offlineManchesteruk From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5352 times:

are there alot of airports with the same name?

i can think of manchester MAN and manchester new hampshire, or does anyone know of any aircraft of any type which has gone to a wrong airport with the same name as the right one ?

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User currently offlineLazyshaun From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5342 times:

Not quite the same thing, but I remember something about an a/c landing at a military base just outside the airport it was suposed to land at and causing quite a mess, when it was stopped on the runway by a load of troops! What a plonker pilot! I think it was somewhere in the United Arab Emirates, but Im not certain.


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

There is sometimes confusion with Newark, NJ airport (EWR) and New York City as Newark and New York sound very much alike. EWR is about 16 miles (25 kms) from New York City.
There have been cases where someone bought a ticket for a city that had the same name as another, like London, Ontario, Canada and London, England. Of course you would have to be pretty dumb in geography not to realize the difference.


User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6485 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5308 times:

There are many city names in the U.S. that share the same name, some of which are large enough to have air service:

  • Madison (20)
  • Lexington (17)
  • Manchester (17)
  • Springfield (17)
  • Washington (17)
  • Albany
  • Bloomington
  • Rochester

In addition, Germany has two Frankfurts (-am-Main and -am-Oder).

[Edited 2006-01-19 16:49:22]


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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5289 times:

Newcastle in the UK and Newcastle in Australia.

San Jose in the US and in Costa Rica.



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9371 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

Quoting Manchesteruk (Thread starter):
does anyone know of any aircraft of any type which has gone to a wrong airport with the same name as the right one ?

one step further on that question, does anybody who worked Airport Customer Service, Ticketing, or as a Flight Attendant have experience with someone that got mixed up going between say Springfield, Illinois and Springfield, Missouri?

Just curious. I could see that happening at the old TWA St. Louis hub, if anywhere, given the amount of flights run from St. Louis into each city.



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User currently offlineKBOS From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5257 times:

Well, there are two Logan International Airports...


One in Boston, MA.

the other in Billings, MT.


http://www.massport.com/logan/default.aspx

http://www.flybillings.com/



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User currently offlineFelixZRH From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 226 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5256 times:

Zurich Airport ZRH is run by a company called Unique. And for some while they called the airport unique airport.
Then there was a story that a tourist wanted to take a taxi to the airport (which is 15 km out of town) and said to the driver he wanted to go to unique airport. Now the taxi driver understood Munich airport MUC (some 300 km away). And the tourist complained only after the more than an hour of driving and after crossing the border to Germany.
The story goes that he missed his flight. But I don't what happened with the taxi driver.
And it's only a story. So no source and no reliability.

I know it's not the same name but very similar.

Greets
Felix


User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

San Jose is probably one I'd say causes the most confusion, because there are airports with flights to both San Jose's. I was in such an airport a few years ago (I think it was IAD) and the flights were listed as "San Jose, CR" and "San Jose, Calif" on the departures board to reduce confusion.

User currently offlineAirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 5):
one step further on that question, does anybody who worked Airport Customer Service, Ticketing, or as a Flight Attendant have experience with someone that got mixed up going between say Springfield, Illinois and Springfield, Missouri?

This used to happen to us all the time. It's one of the first things we tried to train out of people.

Another very popular one at the wholesaler was Dallas vs Dulles (DFW/IAD). KE's reservation system had a message that went out at point of sale that said something along the lines of "VERIFY WITH PAX DALLAS OR WASHINGTON".

Quoting Manchesteruk (Thread starter):
does anyone know of any aircraft of any type which has gone to a wrong airport with the same name as the right one ?

I think this might be rather rare because of the distances involved and flightplans that need to be filed.

I do know of one or two flights that have landed at the wrong local airport in a destination city because of pilot confusion though  Wink


User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5180 times:

The airline I used to work for flew to Charleston, WV (CRW) and Charleston, SC (CHS). Needless to say there were a few passengers who ended up in the wrong place.  Smile

User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5173 times:

There was a well-known story a while back about a British couple who went to Sidney (Ontario?), Canada when they had intended to go to Sydney, Australia. But that was a case of pax being stupid, not the pilot.
And of course the story where the in-flight display map showed the aircraft going to the wrong airport somewhere in Europe so the pax knew something was up but the crew didn't until they were below the cloud ceiling, but that was a technological glitch, not a naming similarity.


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6764 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

Atlanta has flights to three different Columbuses -- CMH (Ohio), GTR (Mississippi), and CSG (Georgia). Plus you've got CLT and CHO, CHS and CRW, MHT and MAN, PWM and PDX, SJC and SJO, all leaving from ATL.

Some other pairs (some mentioned above):
BHM and BHX
AHN and ATH
MEL and MLB
MRY and MTY (well, there's one fewer R's in the one in Califonia)
ROC and RST
ALB and ABY


User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

If we're talking about Airports which share the same name with other airports, then there are a couple of Airports in Latinamerica named Simón Bólivar; aslo there's JFK in New York and LPB - which is supposed to be called John F Kennedy too.
Another airport name that sounds the same would be MGA - still reffered as Mercedes by some and Ponce, Puerto Rico (?) - Mercedita.



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User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1599 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 5):
one step further on that question, does anybody who worked Airport Customer Service, Ticketing, or as a Flight Attendant have experience with someone that got mixed up going between say Springfield, Illinois and Springfield, Missouri?

I can't imagine how confusing it was back in the mid-90's when AA Eagle actually flew from ORD to Springfield, MO (SGF) via Springfield, IL (SPI)! It was the only case I could find where there was a flight between two cities with the same name.

If there is somewhere else out there on planet Earth where a flight serves two cities non-stop with the same name. I would like to know about it.



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User currently offlineManchesteruk From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5045 times:

a little off the topic but i remember a light aircraft landed on manchesters second runway before it opened officially, a little stupid dont u think!

User currently offlineSJCRRPAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

Quoting Jfidler (Reply 8):
San Jose is probably one I'd say causes the most confusion, because there are airports with flights to both San Jose's. I was in such an airport a few years ago (I think it was IAD) and the flights were listed as "San Jose, CR" and "San Jose, Calif" on the departures board to reduce confusion.

So I finish my business trip in Toronto a couple of days early and call America West to change my flight from Thursday to Tuesday. The AW ticket agent, takes about 5 minutes to re-book me on the flight. When he told me the details of the flight I asked him why I would arrive in SJC at 9:00 PM when the originial Thursday flight arrived at 1:00 PM. I asked him "Is there a long stop over in PHX?" He says, "no, everythings fine just a time zone change." I figure he is real stupid, since a time zone change should mean I'd be home earlier. When I finally get internet access I find he booked me on a flight to Costa Rica. I thought about it for awhile, trying to decide if I wanted a free flight to Costa Rica, and decided no, so I called AW up to change to proper flight and the next agent was shocked that the other guy couldn't read airport codes properly. AW waived the $100 fee for changing a flight, which btw WN never charges me.

A couple of times I remember in the SJ Mercury News seeing a couple of tourist on the front page who thought they had flown to Costa Rica. I guess the beach at Santa Cruz beach must have clued them into the mistake, or maybe all the people speaking english!


User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4983 times:

Another pair of airports which sound similar on P.A. announcements is Newark (EWR) and Newburgh (SWF). Luckily they are fairly close to each other.

User currently offlineKJFK31L From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4976 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
There is sometimes confusion with Newark, NJ airport (EWR) and New York City as Newark and New York sound very much alike. EWR is about 16 miles (25 kms) from New York City.

Newark is technically a New York airport so I see your point. Nevertheless, one can never just say New York and imply JFK or LGA because EWR is part of the Port Authority. It is a New York Airport.

Matt



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User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4965 times:

How about the old story about when Pan Am bought National, if you asked for Melbourne and had a Pan Am res agent, you ended up in Australia, if you had a National res agent you ended up in Florida.

User currently offlineKJFK31L From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4957 times:

Quoting Manchesteruk (Reply 15):
a little off the topic but i remember a light aircraft landed on manchesters second runway before it opened officially, a little stupid dont u think!

Had not heard that one before. Great!

Matt



If it's not Boeing, I'm not going.
User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 4898 times:

Not same but sound similar: AUCKLAND (NZ) and OAKLAND (USA)


New York JFK and LA PAZ (Bolivia) JFK Airport.



USADreamliner


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7538 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4857 times:

Neither RME or either RMA (Roma, QL, Australia) or RMG (Rome, GA, USA) are in Italy.

On a personal note I remember years ago when my boss had just got a new secretary. She was determined to show her competence and efficiency by doing all he needed without help. One of the things he needed on her first day was a hire car booking when he got ROC on a previously booked trip.

When our boss went to lunch that day she came up to and asked why he was going to Rochester as it seemed to be a very small airport and had no on-airport hire car facilities and anaway was easier to get to from London by train. It did not take long to fathom that her Rochester was RCS, not ROC. Of course since she did not know ir could also have been RCR (Rochester, IN, USA), or either RST or JRC (both Rochester, MN, USA)!


User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4834 times:

When I was still living in China, I wanted to know the price to fly to visit a friend in San Diego, CA.

I was shocked to hear how much the ticket would cost and wanted to make sure we were talking about the same place. Well, when you want to say the name of the city in Chinese, it goes something like "shan ti eh goh". The ticket agent had given us a price for "shan ti ah goh", which is of course Santiago de Chile.  biggrin 



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User currently offlineManchesteruk From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4764 times:

all great stories thanks for sharing...

25 RootsAir : However this name of Unique airport has been switched back to Kloten.... now only the company that runs ZRH is called Unique A good example fo airpor
26 Dstc47 : Monterrey - Mexico and California (used to be Mexico too)
27 HBJZA : I remember of a passenger on a flight from AMS to GVA. After landing in GVA the guy asked me in what country GVA was. I replied Switzerland and the gu
28 2travel2know : I wouldn't like to start a discussion here, but if LIM is Jorge Chávez Airport and anytime soon there's an airport named after General Chávez from V
29 ODAFZ : There is also this slight confusion between Alexandria (AEX, LA) and Alexandria (ALY) in Egypt. And what about Basel (BSL) and Mulhouse (MLH), 2 diffe
30 2travel2know : Actually 3 cities, forgot Freiburg, Germany??
31 Luisde8cd : That jerk only made it to Lt. Colonel, not General. Saludos desde Caracas, Luis
32 Post contains images SkyHarborsHome : I know we have probably all heard something similar, but I typed an email to the corporate office saying I would have to delay my trip there because
33 SJCRRPAX : Well here is another story. I was once in DFW riding on the TRAAIN when this young German guy, who had saved up all of his money to visit the U.S. , s
34 FRAspotter : There's: Athens, Greece and Athens, Georgia...
35 FraT : But only Frankfurt am Main (FRA) has air service. Frankfurt an der Oder hasn't.
36 River747 : Not the same name, but quite confusing: I was once looking through an Italian timetable (I think it was Air Dolomoti) and saw they had flights between
37 Apodino : Which is why, when discussing these stations internally in airline speak, we refer to them as "Charlie West" or "Charlie South" respectively.
38 Alespesl : Also there is Sydney, Australia (SYD) and Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (YQY). I think that there was once a story around when two guys from UK purchase
39 VV701 : Aberdeen (Scotland) (ABZ) Aberdeen (SD, USA) (ABR) Aberdeen (Phillips AAF, MD, USA) Aberdeen (RSA) (FAAE) Aberdeen (Zimbabwe) (FVAB) Abilene (TX, USA)
40 MKEdude : Don't know if this is the story you were thinking of but there was an NW A319 flying to Rapid City SD. Instead it ended up landing at Ellsworth AFB a
41 VV701 : When I was young - which is more years ago than I care to remember - the Daily Mail newspaper sponsored a Paris to London race. The prize went to the
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