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User currently offlineIflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

Name An Airport With A "Special" Name Or Should I Say More Than Just San Fransico International Airport.

A Few:
Phoenix: Sky Harbor International Airport
Albuquerque: Sunport
Atlanta: Heartsfield

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User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

I believe that Hartsfield is named after a guy...

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3859 times:

At DTW, there is:
The M. Berry International Terminal
The L.C. Smith (All other airlines) Terminal
I cant remember what the NW terminal is called!

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3850 times:

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport -- named after William Hopkins, who was a (county commissioner?) that spurred with the initial expansion.

I doubt the airport will ever be renamed Hizzoner the Mayor Mike White International Airport. (Those of you from or close to Cleveland will understand this...)


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User currently offlineMorecy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Lyon - Saint-Exupéry (after the author/pilot)

User currently offlineJasewgtn From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 827 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

WLG - Wellington, New Zealand

Rongotai (Named after the suburb that it's adjancent to. Rongotai is a Maori word (New Zealands native race))

User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, (Called exactly that, in that order, officially) is, surprisingly enough, named after William B Hartsfield himself - the guy who bought the land where the airport now stands from a Mr Candler (of Coca-Cola fame & fortune) in 1928... until Mayor Hartsfield died in 19-whenever (around 1960) it was known as Atlanta Candler Field.


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User currently offlineSn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

Austin Bergstrom.
Used to be Bergstrom AFB.

User currently offlineAN727 From Australia, joined Apr 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

SYD is called Kingsford Smith International Airport named after a famous Australian

User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3163 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (15 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

Presidental names-

WASHINGTON DC- Ronald Reagan National
HOUSTON- Goerge Busch Intercontinental
NEW YORK- John. F. Kennedy

are there more presidental names?
here are more airport names;

OMA Omaha- Eppley Field
STL St. Louis- Lambert
ORD Chicago- Ohare
MDW Chicago-Midway
SAN San Diego- Linghberg
MSP Minneapolis- Linghberg
??? Fargo- Hector International
MCO Orlando- McCoy
SFB Orlando- Sanford
ANC Anchorage- Ted Williams
BOS Boston - General Edward E Logan
IAD Washington-Dulles
BWI Baltimore-Washington
TUL Tulsa- Rogers
OKC Oklahoma City- Rogers
PDX Portland, ME- Jetport
CVG Cincinatti- Northern Kentucky
and so on...

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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 10, posted (15 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 3813 times:

>TWA902fly posted...

> NEW YORK- John. F. Kennedy

Formerly Idlewild Airport

Fiorello LaGuardia Airport (LGA. New York) - named after a New York Mayor, formerly Flushing Airport

> MDW Chicago-Midway
Named after it's original hub carrier, Midway Airlines

> SAN San Diego- Linghberg
That's Charles Lindbergh International Airport, named after... well, you know.

> SFB Orlando- Sanford
That's actually not a "special" name. It's named after an adjacent town, Sanford, FL (which is also the southern terminus for AMTRAK's AutoTrain)

> BWI Baltimore-Washington
Geographical name. The airport is mid way between the two cities.

> TUL Tulsa- Rogers
Nope. That's Tulsa International Airport.

> OKC Oklahoma City- Rogers
That's Will Rogers World Airport.

> CVG Cincinatti- Northern Kentucky
Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. That's again a geographical name. It's Cincinnati's airport but it's actually located across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Here's some more.

SWF -- Stewart International Airport, Newburgh, NY. Named for decommissioned air force base which became the airport, Stewart AFB.

PVD -- Theodore Francis Green State Airport, Warwick, RI. Named after a former Rhode Island governor(?)

BDL -- Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA (Windsor Locks, CT) Named after General Omar Bradley?


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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (15 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Grand Rapids, MI - GRR - Gerald R. Ford International
Flint, MI - FNT - Flint Bishop International

User currently offlineAAtripleseven From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (15 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

Houston Hobby- named after former Governor William P. Hobby

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (15 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

New Orleans International is named after John Bevins Moisant, who crashed his airplane near the present day airport around 1910. As a matter of fact, the code MSY actually is derived from the name of the airport area before it became an airport: Moisant Stock Yards, or MSY.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

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User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

Reno used to be Cannon International, but now the airport is named Reno/Tahoe International and the terminal is named Cannon International Terminal, named after Nevada senator Howard Cannon. Las Vegas is named McCarran International (McCarran must be pretty popular, there is a boulevard in Reno named McCarran). Fresno International is named Yosemite. Orange County is named after John Wayne. Boise is named Boise Air Terminal/ Gowen Field.

User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (15 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 3787 times:

Sorry Redngold, but Midway airport at Chicago is named after the island in the Pacific. Famous for the Battle of Midway.

MSP also has the Hubert H. Humphrey terminal, in addition to the Lindbergh terminal.

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User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (15 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

N312RC wrote:
At DTW, there is:
The M. Berry International Terminal
The L.C. Smith (All other airlines) Terminal
I cant remember what the NW terminal is called!

I believe you're looking for the J.M. Davey terminal.

Another famous airport building with a special name is the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at LAX.


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User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (15 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

A Brief History Of Chicago O'Hare International Airport

During World War II, what is known today as the military side of O'Hare Field was actually the site of the busy factory that produced the Douglass C-54, the four-engined troop and cargo carriers that were among the largest U.S. planes used in the war. The 1,300-acre tract of government land included the plant, which was reputed to be the largest wooden-roofed building in the world, and a network of runways comprising most of the military airport facility known as Orchard Place.
After the war, the City Council in 1946 authorized the acquisition of 1,080 acres of this property from the War Assets Administration in order to build a second major airport facility in Chicago. Chicago Municipal Airport, later called Midway Airport, was then the busiest airport of the world. However, commercial aviation was growing so rapidly at the time that another airport would clearly be needed in the near future. A general obligation bond of some $46 million was also authorized by the City Council for the purchase of land adjacent to the government property. In all, approximately 7,000 acres of land were acquired for the site of the new facility.

In 1949, $2.4 million in bonds were authorized for further land acquisition and construction, and in June of that year, Orchard Place was officially renamed in honor of a young Chicagoan killed during the war. Before his untimely death in 1943 at the age of 29, Lieut. Comdr. Edward H. "Butch" O'Hare had been one of the naval heros of the U.S. war effort, earning a Congressional Medal of honor in 1942 for having shot down five enemy bombers and crippling a sixth. A reminder of the airport's original name, however, still remains in the ORD abbreviation which is used on all airline baggage tags.

Although the airport was officially opened to domestic commercial traffic in October 1955, O'Hare had already handled some 900,000 operations and two million passengers during that eight year period. Agreements were reached with seventeen carriers, three of which were later merged with other airlines, to operate out of the new facility. However, there was stiff competition with Midway in the beginning. In its busiest year, 1959, Midway handled over ten million passengers, while O'Hare reported slightly more than two million passengers for the same year.

As the City's Commissioner of Aviation, William E. Downes, Jr., recalled, "Mr. Daley was Mayor of Chicago by that time, and it was his idea that the taxpayers of the community should not be obligated for a single penny guaranteeing any capital expenditure needed to create these facilities. The financial group we put together - including the big banking fraternity, or lawyers and the airlines' lawyers - came up with the selling of some $155 million in revenue bonds was envisioned as the capital needed to create the facilities at this new airport out in the country."

By mid-1962, all scheduled operations at Midway had been transferred to O'Hare, enabling the latter to become known as the busiest airport in the world. One year later, the new airport facility was officially dedicated. One of the guests at the dedication ceremony on March 23, 1963 was President John F. Kennedy, who enthusiastically remarked. "This is an extraordinary airport, extraordinary city and an extraordinary country, and it (O'Hare) could be classed as one of the wonders of the modern world".

source: About O'Hare: The City of Chicago Airport System. O'Hare.com (City of Chicago; Richard M. Daley, Mayor).

User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2403 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (15 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

As AN727 has correctly pointed out Sydney KSA is named after our famous aviator, you'll also hear it called Mascot after the suburb it is in.
Other Aussie airports include Melbourne Tullamarine and Canberra Fairbairn (name of the colocated RAAF base).

User currently offlineSydneysider From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (15 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

Here are some names in Germany:
FRA:Rhein-Main International(two big rivers in the area of FRA)
MUC:Franz-Josef Strauss(a famous Bavarian minister)
Cologne:Konrad-Adenauer(1st German chancellor)

I think, all other German airports are named after the suburbs(If not, please correct me!)

User currently offlineL1011Ken From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (15 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

Well CstarU beat me to the inevitable ORD history--though his was a lot more in depth than mine would've been--but did you know that Ed O'Hare's dad worked for Capone? He was either his lawyer or his accountant, I can't recall which. He turned on Capone and his gang and I believe was subsequently "whacked" for his efforts.

And TWFirst, to clairify, wasn't MDW named for the Battle of Midway?

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (15 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 3765 times:

Quaid-e-Azam International Airport Karachi, Pakistan.
Incorrectly named using the title given to the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.The title itself translates to "Great Leader" surprisingly its not being changed.

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (15 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 3764 times:

Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX is named after LONG time Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley. They have replaced his picture in the disembarkment hall with that of Bill Clinton.

User currently offlineBanfield From Austria, joined Jul 2000, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (15 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

Linz (LNZ) in Austria: Blue Danube Airport
Salzburg (SZG): W.A. Mozart Airport (Mozart the famous composer)
Klagenfurt (KLU): Alpe Adria Airport


User currently offlineAussieERJ145 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (15 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

Amsterdam Schipol Airport
Zurich Kloten Airport
Rome Leonardo Da Vinci Airport
Singapore Changi Airport

25 Jepper : CGK Jakarta - Soekarno Hatta. Former president. JNB Johannesburg - Jan Smut. Who's that?
26 Airsicknessbag : Sydneysider: Duesseldorf is "Rhein/Ruhr", Mannheim "Rhein/Neckar" (all rivers). Daniel
27 Dash8tech : TWA902fly: PDX is Portland, Oregon not Maine. How about YYZ, Lester B Pearson Int'l Or Liverpool Speke Airport (UK) Cheers!
28 Eg777er : I am amazed that no one has mentioned: London Heathrow Airport London Gatwick Airport London Stansted Airport London Luton Airport London City Airport
29 Harvey : Hong Kong is called Chek Lap Kok named after the island it was built on about 3 years ago
30 Sydneysider : Hi Airsicknessbag, thanks, is there still outgoing traffic at Mannheim with planes or just the LH-Airportbus to FRA? If so, which destinations+airline
31 SIA fan : CGK Jakarta Sukarno-Hatta is actually two people's names, hence the hypen in the middle. It is named after the first president and vice president of t
32 ContinentalEWR : Believe it or not, there had been loose talk about renaming Heathrow Princess Diana International Airport, which would have been ridiculous and utterl
33 OH-LGA : Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL): The airport is located in the suburb of Vantaa. Helsinki-Malmi (HLM): General aviation airport close to Helsinki. Tampere (TMP)
34 AirCanadaSFO : Ben88 wrote: "Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX is named after LONG time Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley. They have replaced his picture in the
35 TWAneedsNOhelp : Don't forget the Swissair hub: Zurich Kloten. The airport at Madrid is: Barajas. The airport at Tel Aviv, Israel is: Davd Ben-Gurion, the country's fi
36 YP6370 : I have some european airport names for you: Lahr/Germany - Schwarzwaldflughafen Friedrichshafen/Germany - Löwental Köln/Bonn/Germany - Konrad Adenau
37 G-BEAK : Glasgow (GLA) - Abbotsinch Edinburgh (EDI) - Turnhouse Aberdeen (ABZ) - Dyce
38 ScottB : The "official" name of IAH is "George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston" - it has two terminals with names attached to them - the Mickey Leland In
39 Samurai 777 : Canadian aiports: Montreal Dorval (YUL) - I think it's the name of one of the suburbs in Metro Montreal. Montreal Mirabel (YMX) - I'm not sure where t
40 Post contains images Capt.Picard : A few I've heard and flown into: Buenos Aires "Ezeiza" (suburb of Ezieza); pronounced=essay-SA Lagos: Murtala Mohammed (no idea) Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatt
41 Slawko : Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) Named after the former Canadian prime Minister, and one of the founders of the United Nations P
42 Post contains images SKYTEAM : Its Hartsfield, Not Heartsfield. Lambert-St.Louis Int'l Airport SKYTEAM
43 AirCanadaSFO : Here's one of my favorites: Saddam Hussein Int'l in Baghdad, Iraq. Seriously, don't forget MEX. Benito Juarez Int'l in Mexico City. Named after Benito
44 CstarU : My favorites: GYY - Gary/Chicago Airport and IGQ - Lansing Muni.
45 N312RC : St. Louis MidAmerica RSW-Southwest Florida International Airport
46 CstarU : ...used to be Regional Southwest, hence, RSW. I guess Southwest Florida Int'l sounds much better.
47 GiantJets : Bangkok Don Muang International Airport, Thailand
48 GiantJets : Chengi Int'l Airport, Singapore. Chek Lap Kok, Hongkong. Paris Charlles de Gulle, France etc....
49 Airsicknessbag : Sydneysider: There still is the Bus MHG-FRA; there always have been two daily flights to Berlin-Tempelhof, by Arcus Air. Then Arcus Air was bought by
50 Redngold : I stand corrected. Thanks. redngold
51 Avilitigator : Capt.Picard, Ninoy Aquino Int'l Airport (MNL) is named after the exiled Philippines senator and husband of Corazon Aquino (the first female president
52 Corey777 : ScottB: Chicago-Meigs Field's airport code is CGX, not MGS ------------------------------------------------------ FSD--Joe Foss Regional Airport in Si
53 BDLsk8ter : The full name of BDL is Bradley Field Int'l Airport. Coincidentally, Hartford's local NBC affiliate has had a weatherman named Brad Field for the last
54 Tom in NO : I was going to comment on the wisdom (or lack thereof) on the part of LA World Airports switching out the picture of Tom Bradley in the TBIT terminal
55 Ellinopedo : Thessaloniki Greece: Megas Alexandros (Alexander the Great)
56 COexERJ : HOU was originally named Howard Hughes Field. The name was later changed to Houston Municipal City Airport, and is now known as William P. Hobby. IAH
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