GoAllegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5092 times:
Recently I flew to Wilmington, NC, where the official airport name is the name as the airport's three-letter code name. In other words, the airport's name is "ILM," and the signage around the airport says "ILM Airport." Yes, occasionally you see a sign that says "Wilmington International Airport," but most of the signs say ILM, as does the website www.flyilm.com.
Anyway, I think it's very odd for a city to name its airport after the three letter code. Maybe LAX is similar, but that's a very well-known code for a huge city. What do you think?
Fewsolarge From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 409 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5067 times:
I guess a well known name has to start somewhere. If it improves recognition they should go for it. I have to imagine that the Wilmington area will see a ton of growth over the next few decades. Time will tell ...
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6626 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5014 times:
Raleigh-Durham International is vastly more commonly called RDU. And the signage out fronts says RDU, not Raleigh-Durham International. And a lot of people call Raleigh AND/OR Durham as RDU.. which is even worst. I have heard a ton of people say they are "staying in RDU" when instead they mean Raleigh or Durham. There are hotels Near RDU, but there are no Hotels at RDU.
LGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1101 posts, RR: 22 Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5014 times:
I think its a great idea, the more the flying public aside from very frequent flyer learn airport codes they use the less confusion and less stupid questions for airline personell to have to answer/explain !
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 5929 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5004 times:
Quoting LGA777 (Reply 6): I think its a great idea, the more the flying public aside from very frequent flyer learn airport codes they use the less confusion and less stupid questions for airline personell to have to answer/explain !
Dunno, I just can't imagine that for places like ELP, EYW,ORD or ABQ
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KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 5929 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4956 times:
Quoting Searpqx (Reply 8): Actually ABQ is a fairly common reference to Albuquerque. I've had family who can't tell a plane from plantain write ABQ in reference to not only the airport but even the city.
Isn't there a lake called something like "Lake Abiqueue" up in northern New Mexico that sounds an awful lot like ABQ?
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Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 51 Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4864 times:
Although it's now officially "Lehigh Valley International Airport," people in southeastern Pennsylvania still refer to it as ABE. It was originally Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport. You simply do not hear "L.V.I."
ERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4804 times:
i live in ILM. I think they did this to make the airport more significant. I lik it tho. All street signs on I-40. I-140(new outer loop), and Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy all say ILM. gives it more of a big town feel since Wilmington has been one of the fastest growing citie in the country for the past 10 yrs. I personally don't no why..lol. ive lived here all my lifeon one of thev golf communities here. all my nieghbors are from NE. I dont even have a southern accent. But getting back on subject i think the name is good. we pulled 700,000 pax here for 2005. i think is CLT, RDU, GSO, then ILM for pax loads.
Tornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4797 times:
Quoting Redngold (Reply 14): Although it's now officially "Lehigh Valley International Airport," people in southeastern Pennsylvania still refer to it as ABE. It was originally Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport. You simply do not hear "L.V.I."
Hey you beat me to that, I thought you were from Cleveland? lol. But yeah, the only people calling it LVI is PennDOT on the road signs on 78, 22, 309, etc.
RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1313 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4702 times:
I love me some ILM. All I need is for UA to open an International hub there so I can move back there and retire... I'm originally from the Wrightsville Beach area, too bad I can't find a job down there with my airline background...oh well, it's still a great place to visit.
I did see the Dave Matthews Band (w/ Big Head Todd) at ILM back in 1994. Great show.
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Antoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1504 posts, RR: 4 Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4673 times:
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 12): It annoys me when EVERYONE including the news media calls Portland itself PDX. It's not a city abbreviation people, it's just the airport.
People are lazy. Besides, anywhere OTHER than the west coast if you say "Portland" whomever you're talking to will say "Maine?" So then, if you say PDX (shorter than Portland, Oregon, and teaching people the proper pronunciation of THAT is another headache on its own) anyone who flies regularly does actually know what you're talking about.
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N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 25852 posts, RR: 79 Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4653 times:
Denver International, contrary to most of the airports mentioned in this thread, goes by its original designation, DIA as opposed to DEN. The old DEN wasn't known as DEN either, rather as Stapleton. SAN is always referred to as Lindburgh. SNA is John Wayne. BUR is never called Bob Hope or BUR, it is always simply Burbank, same with ONT being Ontario. ORD and MDW are O'Hare and Midway. BOS is Logan. MSY is "The Airport" or sometimes MSY, no one calls it Armstrong. The NYC airports are Newark, La Guardia and JFK or Kennedy. Rome Da Vinci is still referred to by it's old name, Fiumecino. I am out of breath
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Cltguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 596 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4465 times:
I'm not sure what to make about "ILM"...it just doesn't seem to have a good conotation....ask most people on the street what "ILM" stands for and they will be clueless. Seems to me like they are just trying to copy their big brother "RDU"
ILM is not the 4th busiest airport in NC...it is actually the Concord Regional Airport JQF. While JQF doesn't have any commercial service it is home to the "NASCAR Airforce." JQF just recently finished a runway expansion to 7,400ft.
Can someone tell us about the new service to Bermuda and London starting later this year from ILM?
25 N1120A: I think it is cool that you guys can call it "Rick"
26 Antoniemey: Actually, if they've ever seen Star Wars they'll say "Industrial Light and Magic"
27 DeltaGator: And they look absolutely retarded! Worst uniforms ever! One I forgot earlier was my hometown airports of ATL and PDK. ATL is of course used in everyd