Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 20 Posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3045 times:
It was just reported on NBC that Newark Intl's name will be changed to Liberty Intl in memory of 9/11. The official vote on the name change will take place this September by the Port Authority and they said they would approve it. So by the end of September you'll be flying into Liberty Intl.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 38 Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3013 times:
I heard about it on the radio news this afternoon. I'm in favor of it, not only because of remembering 9/11, but also with the Statue of Liberty close by. There's something about the word "liberty" that denotes freedom, democracy, etc. I daresay, might they change the 3-letter identifier as well (is LIB available?, or something similar).
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2961 times:
LIB is already in use for the Liberty VORTAC, down in North Carolina. FAA could always rename the VORTAC and issue a new identifier for it, and re-issue LIB for EWR, but that might take some time and political pushing.
They might just change the name of the airport, and not the identifier. New Orleans is a good example (and the latest I can recall), since they changed the name honor Louie Armstrong but kept the MSY identifier.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16564 posts, RR: 52 Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2785 times:
As Tom mentioned there's already a Liberty State park in Jersey City and Liberty Island, I would have prefered Todd Beamer Intenational but that might have left the other family members of flight 93 feeling left out.
The two other commercial Port Authority airports are named after President John F. Kennedy, and former Mayor Laguardia.
I think this is a great way to honor the Port Authority workers killed and the brave souls who prevented flight 93 from becoming a weapon of mass destruction.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2690 times:
Hmmm.....I think it is a beautiful idea, but it is also a constant reminder that one of the hijacked airliners took off from Newark. I think it will probably go through anyway....I prefer the name Patriot Field or something like Newark-Patriot's Field International Airport, or something to that effect, but it is a very moving gesture. They don't need to change the code from EWR to something else....they didn't change IAH to BUS after it became Bush-Intercontinental Airport, did they?
Ual777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2612 times:
that is pretty stupid,always trying to rename things.
leave it as EWR and NEWARK INTERNATIONAL.
next thing you know they'll rename the staue of liberty,empire state building,yankee stadium, man let it go. it is just a constent reminder the day the world stood still.
move on,keep livin and stop renameing everything to honor people.
Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 20 Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2606 times:
I never thought of "Todd Beamer International" it would be a fitting honor but an upsetting memory. I like Liberty Intl, it really is a perfect fit with the Stature of Liberty just few miles away. 80 years ago people came to America by ship and Lady Liberty was there to greet them. Today they fly and will be greeted at Liberty Intl. The name works on a number of levels, I give it a thumbs up
JSheldon From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2587 times:
I agree with UAL777contrail...
Let it go. Yes it was a horrible tragedy (and living less than 30 miles north of NYC, and knowing some who passed on, I know how bad it really was). But renaming Newark would just be a constant reminder... we need to always remember it in our hearts, but not be dragged down constantly and depressed by hearing it over and over again. Just let things be. Thats my opinion anyway.
Frequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2572 times:
It's nice that people are thinking of paying tribute to our nation, but don't you think that Liberty Intl' is an awkward name for an airport? I could see naming an airport after a person (LaGuardia (NY Mayor), Kennedy (President)), so how about Rudy Giuliani/Newark Intl'. I know that he was the NEW YORK mayor, but Newark is really one of NYC's 3 airports.
Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 15 Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2548 times:
I agree with Frequentflier,
The name Newark Airport is very distinctive. You instantly know where it is...but when you say "I'm flying into Hobby", you really can't tell. Or Mineta, or Lindbergh, or Will Rogers, or Midway even. It's just easier leaving things nameless. Besides, if anyone wants to remember September 11 through a memorial, there's much better ways of doing it than naming an airport "Liberty International."
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16564 posts, RR: 52 Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2497 times:
Like I said I like the Todd Beamer name for the airport because he is known as one of the folks who was part of the revolt against the hijakers, also he's (was) a salesperson for Oracle who traveled quite frequently through Newark and is (was) a long time New Jersey resident.
I think his name would represent a heroic symbol as well as an ordinary traveler just going on a business trip.