Adolfo Suárez González, 1st Duke of Suárez, Grandee of Spain, KOGF (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈðolfo ˈswaɾeθ]; 25 September 1932 – 23 March 2014) was a Spanish lawyer and politician. Suárez was Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and the key figure in the country's transition to democracy.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19411 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 14720 times:
I've always had a distaste for the eponymous naming of airports and their terminals. Even JFK. I think that airports should be named descriptively. I like "Phoenix Sky Harbor" and "San Francisco International." Or named by location. MAD is named Barajas because it's in Barajas. Tokyo Narita is in Narita.
In the end, though, it's just a name. MAD remains MAD and this will make no difference to anyone working at or traveling to/from/through MAD.
I gag a little every time I see the name "George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport", which is often. Most people in Houston simply refer to it as IAH or "Intercontinental", although "Bush" is used by the media.
Interestingly, HOU wasn't called "William P. Hobby" until 1967...and the name "Hobby" has never bothered me. Way, way back when, in the late 1930s, it was briefly called "Howard R. Hughes Airport", how's that for cool? That moniker didn't last very long, however, and the airport became known as Houston Municipal and later International, until it became Hobby.
And worse eponyms -- Vienna's "Mozart" and Rome's "Da Vinci" Airports -- blecch!
I prefer place-names for airports, such as Schiphol, Narita, Gatwick, Heathrow, SFO, DFW, LAX, etc. (and the very charming but lost Idlewild and Orchard).
Madrid will remain Barajas to me, just as Rome is Fiumicino.
Of course, all of this is just caviling, and of no real consequence.
If they lack money they don't show it. They're expanding in the U.S. like crazy, and they sure seem to have money to continue to sponsor the Ferrari F1 team, and some of the biggest soccer competitions in Latin America.
coolian2 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2006, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 13366 times:
Quoting airbazar (Reply 7): If they lack money they don't show it. They're expanding in the U.S. like crazy, and they sure seem to have money to continue to sponsor the Ferrari F1 team, and some of the biggest soccer competitions in Latin America.
Can you please not ruin my completely uninformed sarcastic comment with silly things like facts? Thanks!
However, there's already a precedent in Madrid, Metro Line 2 was renamed as "L2 Vodafone" because of its red color, as well as the important local station "Sol", where 3 metro lines stop, now officially as "Sol Vodafone". Now, everytime a connecton with an L2 station or the Sol station are announced, the Vodafone tag is also always said.
FlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12887 times:
Quoting Schweigend (Reply 4): I gag a little every time I see the name "George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport", which is often. Most people in Houston simply refer to it as IAH or "Intercontinental", although "Bush" is used by the media.
Well George H. W Bush (whom it is named after not GWB) was a pilot, local resident (still lives in Houston 8 months of the year) and as a member of congress from Houston helped get funds for the new airport so it is not completely out of place as at least he was a pilot and promoted the field.
Plenty of people call it Bush or "The big airport" BTW
I do like terms like Intercontinental or Sunport!
THough I am not sure how much "World" there is at Will Rogers World Airport
Reffado From Brazil, joined Feb 2012, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12632 times:
To be honest, after reading this thread I've been thinking and I couldn't think of a single - no, not even one - airport in Brazil that isn't named after someone. While I am not bothered by this, I do like 'normal' names. And let's face it, "Intercontinental" sounds way cooler than any name ever would, on an airport. :P
Capt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12547 times:
DCA was renamed for former President Ronald Reagan, who, as I understand it, hated Washington DC. (He would retreat to Camp David or California as often as he could.) Aside from that, I always found it ironic for an airport to be named after a President who fired many Air Traffic Controllers.
Detroit Metro Airport has always been my favorite. Very simple, the way it should be, IMO
Boeing778X From United States of America, joined Nov 2013, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12509 times:
I agree that airports shouldn't be named after people, with the exception of a few honorables such as BOS, JFK, IAH, etc.
I mean, none of us, for sure, call MCO McCoy Field
MAD is in the neighborhood of Barajas, so it's appropriate.
Schweigend From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 592 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12339 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5): So we should count our blessings, I guess. At least they didn't name it "Santander Madrid Barajas" airport or something.
Now, that is scary! Corporate-named airports would be a real step down.
Regarding baseball, I still can't stomach Seattle's Safeco (insurance) field, and Houston went from naming their new ballpark after the Astros to, of all despicable things, ENRON Field, and now Minute Maid Park -- well, oranges are nice, I guess.
Quoting e38 (Reply 10): For me, DCA will always be simply "Washington National Airport."
Yes, I know, I work there, but notice how the new flashy silver greeting display at the JFK Blvd. airport entrance omits Bush senior's middle initials! Not that I'd want our airport named after either the father or son -- no offense, peace to them both.
DexSwart From South Africa, joined Aug 2012, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11506 times:
Try O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg!
There was actually a policy from 1994 that disallowed naming of places after politicians, but that policy was revoked in 2006 and the airport was named. I don't know many South Africans that call it by name.
King Shaka International Airport, on the other hand, I like. It wasn't renamed, as it's a greenfield project. Shaka Zulu is and was a very famous warrior and king. It suits the KZN provence well.
Anyone heard of Melbourne Tullamarine International, or just Melbourne Airport?
Bwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1366 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (4 months 6 days ago) and read 10303 times:
I don't think it'll catch on. I very rarely hear people calling FCO "Leonardo da Vinci".
Overhere in Belgium almost everybody calls Brussels Airport by the town it's located in: Zaventem.
When I was young, the word Zaventem actually was synonymous for an airport to me, as news reports would just say "the plane landed at Zaventem".
It gets confusing though when Belgians wanna help foreigners how to get to the airport and tell them: "You need to go to Zaventem", the poor tourists take the train and then get of in the town iso at the airport...
The official name used to be "Brussels National Airport", and the train station is still called like that. I remember a foreigner asking me if they should get of here for a flight to the US, or if there was an international airport as well. They thought the "national" meant there were only internal flights...
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