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"ILM" Is Official Name For Wilmington, NC Airport  
User currently offlineGoAllegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8392 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?

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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6264 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8379 times:

Well, here in Portland, all the locals call our airport PDX, and the PA system even has an automatic announcement that says "PDX is a smoke-free airport."


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User currently offlineFewsolarge From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8367 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 ...

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8338 times:

JFK is another example, I always say "JFK please" when I enter a cab and need to go to the airport.

Patrick


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8335 times:

They used to call it the "New Hanover International Airport" after the county it is located in didn't they? Perhaps just shorter to get out on a press release or website.

Quoting Fewsolarge (Reply 2):
I have to imagine that the Wilmington area will see a ton of growth over the next few decades. Time will tell ...

A fair amount of growth but not nearly enough to be considered a common name like LAX or PDX. They just aren't that big nor will they be in the next few decades.



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6729 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8314 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.




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User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1138 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8314 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 !

LGA777


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6264 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8304 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 !

LGA777

Dunno, I just can't imagine that for places like ELP, EYW,ORD or ABQ  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8281 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 7):
Dunno, I just can't imagine that for places like ELP, EYW,ORD or ABQ

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.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6264 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8256 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?  Wink



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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8222 times:

San Francisco International Airport markets itself as SFO. Check out their website.
http://www.flysfo.com


User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8222 times:

Atlanta is always called ATL or "Hartsfield". ATL is much easier than Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson-King-Vick-Smith-etc, etc, etc. Add your name here international airport!!!!!!


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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3964 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8219 times:

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.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8179 times:

Quoting Tu154m (Reply 11):
ATL is much easier than Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson-King-Vick-Smith-etc, etc, etc.

Let's take some bets on how long before they try to get Dr. King's name on the airport. They would have Mayor Campbell's name on there now if he wasn't under federal indictment.



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8164 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."


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User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8104 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.


Desmond MacRae in ILM
User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8097 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.


User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8002 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.

[Edited 2006-02-18 07:46:51]


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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1837 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7984 times:

On this topic, even the Phoenix Suns wear "PHX" on their jerseys.

User currently offlineAntoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1531 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7973 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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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7953 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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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7907 times:

RIC is another. The signage around town, etc, all use RIC Airport.


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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7890 times:

BNA.
There is a record label, headquarterd in Nashville, called "BNA".

OKC.
You see this alot through town.

BWI.
Signs in the area refer to as such. It is also used in the local vernacular.

PDX.
It has spread to use beyond the airport designation. Locals are beginning to use it in refrence to their city.



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3767 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7871 times:

FRA, same thing.

"Wenn ich in Freiburg den ICE um 6 Uhr nehme, bin ich in zwei Stunden in FRA"

Well I don't know about others, but I say it that way.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineCltguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7765 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
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