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User currently offlineEvanbu From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 379 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13197 times:

Just wondering how many pilots and flight attendants out there announce the name of the airport that they're flying into without mentioning the whole name. Does it somewhat represent your political views or is it just something else?

For Example...

Houston George Bush Intercontinental
or
Houston Intercontinental


Washington, D.C. National Airport
or
Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan National Airport


There are probably a couple other airports out there but Houston is the one that I noticed the most when it came to leaving the "Bush" name out of the announcements....

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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13182 times:

If anything, maybe it's just that the F/A is too tired to say the entire name. After all, which is quicker:

Welcome to Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan National Airport...

or

Welcome to Washington, D.C. National Airport...



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User currently offlineEvanbu From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13172 times:

I had a pilot mention to me that he doesn't use the name Reagan because he did something to screw the pilots over when he was president...

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3088 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13168 times:

I would rather they just announce the city...... that way this awkward situation for some would never come up.


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8912 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13151 times:



Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 1):

Welcome to Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan National Airport...

or

Welcome to Washington, D.C. National Airport...

Or they just call it Washington - Reagan in the announcements I've heard (or just say simply "Welcome to Washington, local time is xxx".

GRR is named after former President Gerald Ford as well. And there of course is a small airport in New York City that is named after an assassinated president, and I've heard many F/As and pilots refer to it by either his last name or his initials.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23203 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13148 times:

I believe it's DL policy that all f/as must say "Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport." I've never heard a DL f/a not use the full name.


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User currently offlineElmoTheHobo From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13112 times:



Quoting Evanbu (Reply 2):
I had a pilot mention to me that he doesn't use the name Reagan because he did something to screw the pilots over when he was president...

He fired the striking air traffic controllers.

Quoting Evanbu (Thread starter):
Washington, D.C. National Airport
or Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan National Airport

It's also a local thing. A lot of DC area locals still call in National, either because they were so used to the name or don't like the idea of using the new name.

A cousin of mine is an FA with United (a DC area native) - she calls the airport "National" religiously. After one flight a passenger came up to her and thanked her for not calling the airport "Reagan National."


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2837 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13102 times:

I generally don't say them. Some of them are just ludicrously long to say; people care they are on their way to Baltimore, not to the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Likewise I say "Atlanta" not the "Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport" (one of the worst named of all airports,) and I would never say the "John Wayne-Orange County Airport," as John Wayne was a staunch opponent of the airport.

The only one I use routinely is "LaGuardia" to differentiate it from the other NYC airports. Most people have no clue who Fiorello LaGuardia was, anyway.


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2837 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13081 times:



Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 6):
A lot of DC area locals still call in National, either because they were so used to the name or don't like the idea of using the new name.

A cousin of mine is an FA with United (a DC area native) - she calls the airport "National" religiously. After one flight a passenger came up to her and thanked her for not calling the airport "Reagan National."

Imagine that: people in the notoriously left-wing city of Washington don't like calling it the "Reagan" airport.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 4):
Or they just call it Washington - Reagan in the announcements I've heard (or just say simply "Welcome to Washington, local time is xxx".

The issue is that there is another airport in Washington. Most people refer to it as "National" as that's what it was called for years; in this case I have no issue with either "National" or "Reagan" to distinguish it from Dulles.

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 3):
I would rather they just announce the city

As I mentioned in my reply 7, that is my general policy unless it's necessary to clarify because of multiple airports.


User currently offlineEghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13048 times:



Quoting Evanbu (Thread starter):
Just wondering how many pilots and flight attendants out there announce the name of the airport
that they're flying into without mentioning the whole name. Does it somewhat represent your political views or is it just something else?

I think the reason they don't mention the airport's name is because naming airports after people is a dumb idea anyway. After all, how many people know who Hopkins, Logan, McCarran, Lambert, La Guardia, Dulles, O'Hare are anyway?

I propose that airports should sell corporate sponsorship. Then we could have the Miami Tropicana Suntan Lotion Airport, the Milwaukee Harley Davidson (Hog) Airport, the Orlando Disney Airport and the Los Angeles Universal Studios Airport. the Seattle Microsoft Airport.


User currently offlineTheCheese From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13052 times:
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I refuse to call Anchorage International Airport by its "official" name of "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport".

Unless I say it sarcastically as "Ted Stevens Memorial Airport" that is.


User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13005 times:



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 8):

Imagine that: people in the notoriously left-wing city of Washington don't like calling it the "Reagan" airport.

I don't think its the name..... I think its the history. Are you going to call the Sears Tower in Chicago:

a. Sears Tower
b. Willis Tower

I bet a lot of people including me will continue to call it the Sears Tower long after the name change because its what its been called as long as we remember. Its not whether we like the person its named after, its about name changes.

Another example..... Candlestick Park in San Francisco...

Before 1995 it was Candlestick Park.
1995-2002 it was 3Com Park
2002-2004 it was San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point
2004-2006 it was Monster Park
2006-PRESENT its back to Candlestick Park.

You know that during all the name changes, the most common name that people said when referring to the stadium? Candlestick.

Just because a city is left wing, its not that they don't like the guy. Its historic nature of its name NATIONAL AIRPORT is big in the current communities minds.



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User currently offlineCytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12983 times:



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 8):
Imagine that: people in the notoriously left-wing city of Washington don't like calling it the "Reagan" airport.

Ah, don't fall for it. One statement twice removed from the original source is hardly representative of 'everyone's' opinion. Naming an airport after a politician isn't about partisanship, it's about honoring the public service of the individual. The only reason anyone could take it personally is if they have what I would call a less-than-healthy view of politics, one that is polarized into a solely left-or-right view. Sadly, I think far too many Americans suffer from that.


User currently offlineSSTsomeday From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 1276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12907 times:

I disagree with the notion of naming airports after living or recently deceased presidents, because the drive to do so seems politically motivated.

If we have to name airports after politicians, I would prefer to wait until their legacy stands the test of time, and they are honored for their statesmanship, as opposed to because of the hubris of their particular political party that is hell bent on legacy-building.

Naming airports after recent presidents (and Canadian Prime Ministers) raises the ire of those who opposed their policies as much as it gratifies their supporters. And because of the current political split in American society, at least - that ratio seems roughly one-to-one. I find many airport names unfortunate and I try to ignore them. So much so that I would prefer not seeing ANY airports named after ANY recent presidents.

I would prefer to see airports named after... William Boeing, John Glenn, Neal Armstrong, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, or.... Michelangelo.... Those are names that would inspire everyone, rather than annoy half the people.

Interesting, by the way, that the acronym JFK is so much part of public awareness that we don't even think about who the initials stand for anymore.



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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3596 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12906 times:



Quoting Cytz_pilot (Reply 12):
Naming an airport after a politician isn't about partisanship, it's about honoring the public service of the individual. The only reason anyone could take it personally is if they have what I would call a less-than-healthy view of politics, one that is polarized into a solely left-or-right view. Sadly, I think far too many Americans suffer from that.

I agree with you about everything here except for the "honoring the public service of an individual" part. I would say that it is more a matter of politicians stroking each others egos, and expecting quid pro quo in the future.

I clearly don't have a polarized left or right view, because I believe that all the politicians are all venal and unctuous creatures.

I agree with the idea of selling the naming rights, at least then the public might benefit.


User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 12821 times:

Houston's big airport is actually named after President George H. W. Bush, who lives in Houston (7-8 months a year, while spending summers in Maine) and was a US House rep from Houston and helped get some federal money for the initial airport construction, not to mention a pilot and longtime benefactor of several local Houston charities.

I have heard some pilots and F/As actually call it Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, George H Bush Intercontinental Airport, or just Intercontinental.

In Houston I hear locals split about 50-50 between "Bush" or "Intercontinental" and on rare occasion "The Big Airport" which was made popular by a local News Weatherman.



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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2151 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 12795 times:



Quoting Eghansen (Reply 9):
I think the reason they don't mention the airport's name is because naming airports after people is a dumb idea anyway. After all, how many people know who Hopkins, Logan, McCarran, Lambert, La Guardia, Dulles, O'Hare are anyway?

The point of naming the airports after those people was to ensure that people would remember them.

Quoting Cytz_pilot (Reply 12):
Naming an airport after a politician isn't about partisanship, it's about honoring the public service of the individual. The only reason anyone could take it personally is if they have what I would call a less-than-healthy view of politics, one that is polarized into a solely left-or-right view. Sadly, I think far too many Americans suffer from that.

I couldn't agree more. There is less acceptance of the opinions of others than any other time in my life.


User currently offlineBorism From Estonia, joined Oct 2006, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12735 times:

You're not alone on this in North America - to name a few we have CDG named after de Gaulle, MRU after Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (now try to pronounce that!) or my home base TLL recently posthumously renamed after Estonia's 2nd president Lennart Meri in a clearly political way.

Now some countries like Britain, Russia, Germany, Japan or Sweden seem to be quite immune to that stupidity and name airports generally only after their locations. Much preferred!

[Edited 2009-05-26 12:54:55]

User currently onlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12701 times:


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Nassau's airport was renamed in honour of S.L.O.P. a few years ago. He was the PM who led the country to independence, but was voted out after lots of scandals and corruption in 1992. When his party came back in power in 2002, they set the wheels in motion to rename the airport, IIRC, the ceremony was finally held in 2006.

Needless to say, a number of Bahamians would rather not fly in and out of an airport named after somebody whom the D.E.A. would've loved to get their hands on... I like what TXL's name is... Otto Lilienthal, named after an aviator rather than a politician. NAS could've done that, too, there were even a few cool options.


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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12626 times:

What about airports like DKR? It's a bit of a mouthful when you have to say 'and we're now on our finals into Dakar Senghor Leopold Yoff International Airport, welcome to Dakar Senghor Leopold Yoff International Airport' etc.
Some of the airports in India are equally tedious.

However, certain airports like Paris-CDG, New York-JFK etc. are part of modern flying culture, I don't think we would want to do without them!

Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 13):
I would prefer to see airports named after... William Boeing, John Glenn, Neal Armstrong, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, or.... Michelangelo.... Those are names that would inspire everyone, rather than annoy half the people.

When was the last time you heard someone say they're flying into Da Vinc or Marco Polo? They use de Gaulle or Kennedy when referring to Paris or New York, but I've noticed people never use Da Vinci or Marc Polo when referring to Rome FCO and Venice.


User currently offlineVoltage From United States of America, joined May 2007, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12629 times:



Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 15):
In Houston I hear locals split about 50-50 between "Bush" or "Intercontinental" and on rare occasion "The Big Airport" which was made popular by a local News Weatherman.

I've lived in Houston for about a year now. Surprisingly, most common seems to be "IAH" followed by Bush, then Intercontinental. I would say I hear "IAH" about 60% of the time. I haven't ever heard it referred to as "The Big Airport"


User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12584 times:



Quoting Voltage (Reply 20):
I've lived in Houston for about a year now. Surprisingly, most common seems to be "IAH" followed by Bush, then Intercontinental. I would say I hear "IAH" about 60% of the time. I haven't ever heard it referred to as "The Big Airport"

I tend to say IAH myself but being a pilot I am just fickle that way. I don't ever here others say it. But of course other's experiances may vary.

I hear lots of older folks say the "Big Airport" around my mother's senior apartments and the Med Center. I presumed it was because Ed Brandon used to say it that way on the news for 20 years.

At least for Houston, G H W Bush was an aviator, as well as a politician.
Ellington, of EFD in Houston was also an aviator.

William P Hobby, former Governor, was not a flyer, at least as far as I know. Hobby airport was named Howard Hughes Airport in the late 30s, being that Hughes was a native Houstonian and all, but it was renamed due to some federal funding issues for naming an airport after a living person. Hughes actually died in his jet on the runway at Hobby.



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User currently offlineEvanbu From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12564 times:

Wasn't IAH originally named after Mickey Leland? I know Terminal D at IAH is called the Mickey Leland Terminal...So did they strip his name in favor of George Bush???  Sad

User currently offlineWindowplease From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12522 times:

Alas - we're not immune in the UK. We've got John Lennon at LPL. He hated Liverpool and never went back there. It's pure Liverpudlian sentimentality and self-indulgence from a city that specialises in both things.

And don't get me started on Robin Hood - DSA.

Still, at least the Tories were out of power when their then-leader suggested renaming LHR after the recently-deceased Princess Diana in 1997. Now if they'd suggested renaming a road tunnel after her, I'd have understood that one.....


User currently offlineEvanbu From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12504 times:

Apparently they want to rename DSM to Des Moines Luther Smith International Airport. I believe he was a WWII veteran...

I would rather just keep DSM the same. I think SUX did it right though...They have Sioux Gateway Airport-Colonel Bud Day Field.


25 Ambanmba : I once flew into SYD on a UA flight from LAX and they announced "Welcome to Kingsford Smith" without mentioning Sydney. I wonder how many people thoug
26 Cubsrule : I feel like there are a decent number of airports in the United States named for politicians who are either relatively obscure or have been dead long
27 Daviation : You're right, the naming of airports (or other public structures) after politicians is primarily an example of ego-stroking. For those of us who remem
28 FlyingSicilian : No, Terminal D was the Mickey Leland International Airlines Building and then became the Mickey Leland Terminal D after Term E opened. Terminal C is
29 Evanbu : What is the possibility that ANC is going to undergo a name change? I mean you really can't name an airport Convicted Felon International Airport, can
30 Prebennorholm : Huh, in Russia in earlier days you were nothing if you didn't have a whole city named after you. We can of course say Leningrad and Stalingrad Airpor
31 Cubsrule : ...except that the charges against Mr. Stevens were dropped, so he's not really a convicted felon. Still, it's an interesting question when we name t
32 SCCutler : ...hence displaying his ignorance, for all to see... ...would those be, the illegally striking air traffic controllers? It has always been "Intercont
33 IAHFLYR : IIRC, Terminal D at IAH opened as the International Airlines Building (IAB) and then changed to Mickey Leland IAB in memory of Mr. Leland after his d
34 Rafabozzolla : Leonardo DaVinci (Rome), Marco Polo (Venice) and Cristoforo Colombo (Genoa) are quite inspirational. I just think that since these cities have one ai
35 CPH-R : Of course, there's also the interesting case of JNB, which had Jan Smuts stricken from its name, as it was ANC policy not to name airports after polit
36 Onaclearday : On one of my first flights I announced: "Welcome to Minneapolis where the local time is...." etc. As I said goodbye to the deplaning passengers, one m
37 Burj : Isn't it human nature to want to shorten names in everyday use? "National" is SHORT, easy, and is enough to differentiate it from "Dulles" "JFK" and "
38 Evanbu : Then you get some pilots that think they're quiet creative and refer to it as "George Bush Intergalactic Airport".... Ha ha ha (Sarcasm) Don't quit y
39 Post contains images KGAIflyer : It might be more than that. First, the land on which DCA is built once belonged to John Alexander, founder of the city of Alexandria Virginia (down r
40 FlyingSicilian : Hey OKC is will rogers WORLD airport and ABQ doesn't even have an airport it has a Sunport
41 LTBEWR : Newark (EWR) added Liberty to it's name for obious political reasons after 9/11. It was the departure airport for 2 of the tragic flights that day and
42 PanAm788 : This could be one of the saddest threads on this site. Airports aren't named after people for political reasons, they are named for the service those
43 Stylo777 : MUC is named after Franz Josef Strauss, but you're right, in Germany they're mostly named after the city or the region: FRA - Rhein-Main Intl. STR -
44 RussianJet : Imagine what a total idiot you would feel if you had to announce "welcome to Robin Hood Airport Doncaster-Sheffield Airport". That is by far the worst
45 Evanbu : Sorry PanAm788 but I believe I started this thread to figure the why sometimes airports are announced differently by crew members; as I stated... I w
46 NWADC9 : Meet one. Then again, I'm not a Washingtonian; I just grew up calling it that. Plus, "Reagan" has one less syllable than "National"; it has absolutel
47 CALPSAFltSkeds : I wonder if UA commuter calls the Johnstown PA airport "John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria Airport"? That airport has been loaded with pork and has just 3
48 Rampart : That's a naive belief. It's both reasons, at best. Some airports (and other things) are named after universally loved individuals. The ones suggested
49 Emirates2005 : Managua International as most people know it is actually: Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto Cesar Sandino Refering to the one man who fought for Nicara
50 Borism : SJO is named after Juan Santamaría and LIR is called after Daniel Oduber Quirós, but I haven't heard anyone refer to those as anything other than Sa
51 Severnaya : Isn't the official name of CGN: Flughafen Köln Konrad Adenauer?
52 Kiwiandrew : my new 'local' airport MRU is named after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam who was the first Prime Minister of an independent Mauritius , as his name is some
53 Max777geek : More recent politician is been Mr Sandro Pertini, former president of italian republic at the time we won world soccer championship, now name of Tori
54 AirGabon : Libreville Leon M'ba Airport (LBV) in Gabon, first president of Gabon after independance from France. Abidjan Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport (ABJ) in
55 Ikramerica : You missed the point. "Universally loved" is NOT a requirement. Public service or historical importance is. Are there are few named for purely graft/
56 LH526 : ATH comes to mind. Elefterios venizelos.
57 Borism : President is a political figure. Living president is active political figure. Naming something after active political figure IS political. This is li
58 Suprazachair : Or better yet- "Robin Hood and His Merry Men Airport Doncaster-Sheffield Airport"
59 JoKeR : We had the same for Belgrade (Surcin) - also in Zagreb (Pleso) and Ljubljana (Brnik), Sarajevo (Butmir) etc... but then Slovenia went political - Joz
60 AznMadSci : Before Terminal E, IAH had Terminals A, B, C, and IAB. To honor Mickey Leland, they renamed the IAB to the Mickey Leland IAB. Before they started con
61 OA260 : Eleftherios Venizelos
62 Gardermoen : BEY is always referred to as Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport in one quick sentence. Other ones that come to mind: Colombo - Bandaranaike New
63 Aviationbuff : Some of the Indian Airports are named after politicians which includes: DEL - Indira Gandhi International Airport (ex-prime minister of India) HYD - R
64 PH-TVH : FAJS/JNB: O.R. Tambo International Airport Named after Olivier Tambo, President of the ANC
65 Omega1153 : I suppose it also depends on whether the airline one flies on is “from” the country of the airport in question. I’ve been a passenger to YYZ man
66 IAHFLYR : Perfect! John Wayne (SNA) should have been a President or at least V.P., what a team, Ronald and John!!!!
67 Steve6666 : From America Latina, off the top of my head - GRU - Governador Andre Franco Montoro. No idea what he was Governor of, but..... EZE - Ministro Pistarin
68 Offloaded : I agree that naming DSA Robin Hood was about the worst possible plan, especially as a lot of people associate Robin Hood with (the Sherrif of) Notting
69 FlyPIJets : Oh, please, don't spit on my shoes and tell me it's raining. Calling National Airport - Reagan Airport is pure unadulterated political move. First of
70 Cgnnrw : Nope its Flughafen Köln/BONN Konrad Adenuaer Planting a tree in a public park does the job too doesn't it? I truly believe nothing funded with gov't
71 Gardermoen : some other that come to mind: Dhaka - Zia Istanbul - Ataturk Kolkata - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Mauritius - Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Gdansk - Lech
72 Fxramper : BWI - Thurgood Marshall, former Supreme Court Justice and lawyer IAD - John Foster Dulles, former Secretary of State and New York Senator George H W B
73 C010T3 : By who? GIG is called Galeão...
74 2travel2know : Before SJO was named after Juan Santamaría the airport was know as El Coco, however San José other airport is SYQ Tobías Bolaños is still known a
75 L410Turbolet : You people are just one lazy bunch. All I can say is that I admire your optimism... Why not wait at least until they die? Naming places/airports/stre
76 Pnwtraveler : A Washington power woman once told me at a charity event, "honey if you call the airport Reagan we know you aren't one of us and from somewhere else."
77 C010T3 : Governor of São Paulo, of course.
78 BuyantUkhaa : Evil! In Portugal only two airports are named after people: OPO is Francisco Sa Carneiro after the PM that died on his way to that airport, and PDL i
79 Superhub : A bit off topic but apparently there were rumours of the Chinese government wanting to name HKG as Deng Xiaoping Airport while the airport was being b
80 AM744 : Many airports in Mexico are named after somewhat obscure Revolutionary or post-Revolutionary generals and politicians. Crew rarely, if ever, call the
81 BMI727 : Many airports are named after relatively obscure people. Often it is a mayor/councilman or other politician who was instrumental in getting the airpo
82 Fahadmk : KHI - Quaid-E-Azam International Airport LHE - Allama Iqbal International Airport ISB - Benazir Bhutto International Airport
83 FlyingSicilian : for PMO Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport isn amed for two anti-mafia judges killed by a bombing in 92, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
84 Cubsrule : I think it's interesting to look at what airport names "catch on," and while the point in time at which the airport is renamed is part of it, I'm not
85 NWADC9 : Pass. If you're gonna rename it, ditch people (political or not) entirely, no matter how great their reputation is. I like train stations - no names!
86 2travel2know : What happened to Pudahuel? Wasn't that SCL original name?
87 EA772LR : Gosh, I really hope Chicago O'hare stays O'hare and not Chicago Obama...that place already has enough issues
88 Tonyban : San Jose airport in Califiornia is called Norman Mineta International. He was transportation secatary head under G. Bush.
89 Rampguy : I will never use the Bush name when referring to IAH. I will either say the 3-letter code or Intercontinental. He was not originally from Houston or e
90 Cubsrule : I don't know if it was ever officially named Pudahuel. Pudahuel is a geographic name (a comuna in Santiago). Similarly, ULC was- officially or not--
91 2travel2know : IMHO, If airports are to be named after people, then it better be to honour dead people which had a direct relation to aviation, maybe even military,
92 Smcmac32msn : Cuz GHWB was the only thing to come out of Houston other than the Tennessee Titans.... Notice I didn't say "good"[Edited 2009-05-27 09:29:55]
93 FlyingSicilian : As I noted above, George H W Bush made Houston his home for decades, and still does today. He was elected as a member of the US House from Houston an
94 RP TPA : I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up yet......Although (AFAIK) there isn't an airport named for him , wouldnt it be ironic to have one named afte
95 SSTsomeday : What about when the politician who is being immortalized has or had a less-than-healthy, polarized left-or-right view? Those individuals are practica
96 Post contains images KGAIflyer : I know that was sarcasm, but consider how they would have to change the exhibit structure at O'Hare. What does Mr. Obama have that could possibly tak
97 ThePalauan : From Micronesia: GUM - Antonio Borja Won Pat International Airport (Guam's first elected U.S. Congressman) ROR- Roman Tmetchul International Airport (
98 ExFATboy : In most cases, the full, politician-serving name is unnecessary, and I just use the city name or the airport code. In my experience most FA and pilot
99 Borism : Air Force One + Statue of Liberty? Just kidding! Back to ANC - I read that Ted Stevens had survived Learjet 25C crash on landing there on 4th of Dec
100 Justbala : To add to the list - MAA - Anna International (after AnnaDurai) and Kamraj Domestic (after K.Kamraj) BBI - Biju Patnaik (Former CM of Orissa) NAG - D
101 Post contains links Viscount724 : Canadian airports named for politicians: YUL - Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Ironically, named for the Prime Minister in powe
102 ExFATboy : Forgot my add to the list-my favourite airport named after a politician: BZE - Philip S.W. Goldson International
103 Rampart : Not usually when they are living. And many think there are more deserving presidents to associate with the airport most central to our nation's capit
104 Wolflair : Actually, many airports in Mexico have the names of political figures. However, many of them are not controversial names. MEX - Benito Juarez was Pre
105 Ikramerica : Again, you are putting qualifiers on something that doesn't require a qualifier. "Deserving" is not a factor. That's your POLITICAL view. Considering
106 IgneousRocks : JFK was not originally from New York City or even New York for that matter.
107 Atomsareenough : Call it "Nash-null". Problem solved
108 Anonms : TPE used to be named after Chaing Kai-Shek until it was changed for political reasons. But even before the name change people referred to it as Taoyua
109 Rampart : Because you say it isn't political, doesn't mean it isn't. Of course, if you liked the man, you are less likely to think it a political move. You are
110 Brilondon : YYZ being Pearson is O.K. with me but I think the worst Prime Minister in Candaian history should not have his name on Montreal's international airpor
111 T5towbar : [quote=LTBEWR,reply=41]Newark (EWR) added Liberty to it's name for obious political reasons after 9/11. It was the departure airport for 2 of the trag
112 Maverick747 : Technically, he wasn't convicted if I remember correctly. His case was dismissed because of prosecutorial misconduct or some such thing, but, I get w
113 FlyPIJets : Regan got National named after him, not because the Airport Authority desired the name change, not because Washingtonians clamored for it, but becaus
114 T5towbar : That's very true. They went on a re-naming binge then the Newt ran things. An aircraft carrier; a federal building (or two); his face on Mount Rushmo
115 FlyPIJets : ROA - Roanoke has an interesting story - had the politician's name removed (kind of) For years and years - ROA was known as Woodrum Field, named after
116 ExFATboy : True, but at the time of the renaming (1963) the idea was that New York International Airport would be the gateway to the US, with the Pan Am Worldpo
117 Post contains links and images FlyPIJets : Let's not forget the Jackie Kennedy was certainly from New York. And she has a very nice association with aviation - she influence this livery View L
118 L1011buff : Isn't Johnstown,Pa airport named after congressman John Murtha who ABC news reported got about 150 million dollars for this airport for upgrades that
119 Post contains images RP TPA : I forgot the exact details, but didn't some guy (NOT a politician) name a garbage dump or sewage treatment plant after GWB? And it wasn't named as a
120 AirIndia : - The new airport in Jebel Ali Dubai (JXB) will be Al Maktoum airport named after the ruling family. - Tehran niternational (IKA) is named after Imam
121 AirbusA6 : DSA may have a ridiculous name, but at least no British airports are named after politicians, dead or alive (and no, Heathrow wasn't named after forme
122 EDICHC : I think the most appropriate airport naming anywhere in the world has to be Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila Ninoy Aquino, a writer, journ
123 NWADC9 : No one - just Baghdad International Airport.
124 JAL : Pearson in Toronto plus Trudeau in Montreal plus NAIA in Manila are all named after politicians.
125 JSquared : That is too funny, and to this Minneapolis resident not the least bit surprising. Those folks from St. Paul will never let you forget that we do in f
126 EDICHC : In a manner of speaking, Ninoy Aquino was not a politician as such, in as much that he never held any political office. He was however a fierce criti
127 Breiz : CDG is usually referred to by French airlines as Paris Charles De Gaulle. For the general public CDG is very often referred to as Roissy, its origina
128 FilAmAirlines : The airport CRK or Diosdado Macapagal International Airport is named after the father and former President of current Philppine President Gloria Macap
129 Viscount724 : Correct. I don't think I have ever heard anyone from France refer to CDG as anything other than "Roissy".
130 Cubsrule : ...but it was taken after his death, right? The airport didn't open until four years after he died.
131 Cedars747 : -Santiago de Chile Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport -Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport -İstanbul Ataturk International Airport -Bei
132 Floorrunner : La Guardia airport was named after Fiorello La Guardia, a former mayor of New York. It was named for him because he was a major supporter of New York
133 Breiz : Yes, correct. The choice of name was obviously intended as a tribute to a great historical figure, but there was no consensus for it, so it was a pol
134 Cubsrule : Was that because the opposition doubted his greatness or because they were just being obstinate? Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel like today there's a pre
135 Breiz : At the time, late 60's - beginning of 70's, some of his actions/decisions after the WW2, and what he represented politically as well, were still rese
136 Cubsrule : It's perhaps another cautionary tale about how a politician's legacy only becomes clear in hindsight. While the "gamble" of naming the airport after
137 Pyrex : Not Galeão? Well, I sometimes still use the full Memorial Drive name, but yes, you do have a point... Don't forget Comm Ave (Commonwealth Avenue). O
138 Cubsrule : Yes, Logan is one of the few exceptions to that rule-- but it's somewhat unusual.
139 GFFgold : Jakarta's main airport CGK is named after two politicians - Soekarno and Hatta. However, I regularly hear people calling it Cenkareng which is its geo
140 Andz : White politicians. All the major airports in South Africa were named after ex-presidents from the apartheid era. Now JNB is the only one that has a p
141 EDICHC : I am also pretty certain that the Airport at Tacloban, Leyte is named after Imelda Marcos' father.
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