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Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:56 pm

I did some searching on the internet but the only thing I could find about Narita is the airport itself and that it is an Indian name.

How did Tokyo come up with this name for their new airport?


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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:00 pm

Is it not the name of the city the airport is located in?
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:00 pm

I believe that was the name of the village that the airport was built in just outside of Tokyo.

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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:12 pm

Narita is a small town were the airport was built at.

I have visited "downtown" Narita on several layovers in the past.
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:14 pm

it was the name of Japan's world champion sumo wrestler from the 1970's...  Wink
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:31 pm

Narita is indeed the name of the town that it was built in. It is interesting, if some naieve guy didn't suggest to the government to build the airport there, then it would have been located in Sanrizuka city which is also a part of Chiba prefecture and it wouldn't have had to deal with all the land constraints that it currently deals with........

The name of the airport itself recently got switched over to Narita airport. Before that, it was called Shin-Tokyo International airport (New Tokyo International Airport) because HND is called Tokyo International Airport.
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:38 pm

Many airports are called by the village they are closets to - and since it's small villages never heard of before, it does sound "exotic" at times:
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA
to name but a few ...
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:44 pm

Helsinki-VANTAA. Is that exotic or just strange? Big grin

Yes, I wish it wasn't Narita where the New Tokyo International Airport is located, as maybe then Finnair could get more than two slots per week there...
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:44 pm

Also:

Buenos Aires EZEIZA (Even though the official name is "Ministro Pistarini Int'l"
Madrid BARAJAS
Barcelona EL PRAT (Right next to the town of EL Prat de Llobregat)
Montevideo CARRASCO

And the list goes on...
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:24 pm

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 8):
And the list goes on...

London HEATHROW, GATWICK, STANSTEAD

all are place names, I believe. You can even include London City Airport in the list too, since London City is a distinct district.
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Wed Apr 06, 2005 10:57 pm

Bristol Lulsgate!!
Cardiff Rhoose
Newcastle Woosington
Manchester Ringway..

etc.
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:22 am

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Many airports are called by the village they are closets to - and since it's small villages never heard of before, it does sound "exotic" at times:
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA
to name but a few ...

Didn't know that about MEL...I think that's one of the coolest names for an airport..."Tullamarine"
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 3:09 am

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 8):
And the list goes on...

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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 3:18 am

I presumed it was Japanese for "Huge Airport That's A Pain In The Ass"  Smile

Seriously, it's interesting to see this international naming convention, especially since we don't seem to practice it here in the US. If our airports have more words in the name, they seem to either be a dead politician or some weird bit of wishful thinking (yep, I'm looking at YOU, "Fresno-Yosemite International"...)

It would be interesting if we had such a practice here in the US:
New York - Astoria (La Guardia)
New York - Howard Beach (JFK)
Tampa - Westshore
Denver - Middle Of BFE  Smile
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 3:29 am

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Amsterdam SHIPOL

Schiphol

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Singapore CHANGI

As Singapore is a City-State, Changi is in Singapore.

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 13):
New York - Howard Beach (JFK)

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Well, in the US we have Cincinnatti Northern-Kentucky (where it actually is) and the code is CVG for Covington, Kentucky
Maui's airport is Kahului International, after the village of Kahului where it is. Same with Maui Kapalua. Keyhole-Kona as well.

Many major airports in the US are simply named for their city, like Los Angeles International, Miami International, San Fransisco International, etc.
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:38 am

It does come from a town name, but here's where the town name came from: The "nari" character means to become or come of age, and the "ta" character (same as in Haneda, Honda, Toyota, etc.) means field or rice paddy. Haneda literally means wing field.
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:10 am

The' code for Jakarta Soekarno Hatta airport is CGK which stands for Cangkareng, the area it was built on.
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:17 am

Thanks for the information everyone. Interesting that the naming of airports after a local town seems to be a non-U.S. practice. I like it better than naming airports after people. Thanks for explaining the word, Fewsolarge. If I have a daughter someday, I think I might name her Narita. I like that name.

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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:13 am

And if you'll have a son, maybe you want to name him as Los Angeles International, or...Lax!
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:23 am

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 17):
Thanks for the information everyone. Interesting that the naming of airports after a local town seems to be a non-U.S. practice. I like it better than naming airports after people. Thanks for explaining the word, Fewsolarge. If I have a daughter someday, I think I might name her Narita. I like that name.

How about Arlanda?
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:27 am

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 11):
Didn't know that about MEL...I think that's one of the coolest names for an airport..."Tullamarine"

Tullamarine isn't an official name for Melbourne Airport, and is usually only used by Australians in the south-eastern parts of the region.

I wonder is Avalon, The airport that jetstar operates from [and QF does its maintenance] refers to the area as well? does anyone know?
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:19 am

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 17):
If I have a daughter someday, I think I might name her Narita. I like that name.

Narita is a common family name here but I've yet to see it as a first name.
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:48 am

So, are Arlanda, Landvetter and Sturup actually names of towns? Malmo isn't big compared to other cities in Europe, a measly 300,000 people! Stockholm has only around 800,000 as well. Any Swede a.netters who can answer this?
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:01 am

Here in New Zealand there is Mangere (Auckland), Rongotai (Wellington) Harewood (Christchurch) and Momona (Dunedin). Most of them are the Maori names for the areas they are built on.

Narita is quite a nice place. A Qantas technical crew took me to all the night spots, certainly more fun than staying in central Tokyo as you could be in a rocking pub within an hour of touchdown.
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:09 am

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Many airports are called by the village they are closets to - and since it's small villages never heard of before, it does sound "exotic" at times:
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA
to name but a few ...

My favorite airport name is Milan Malpensa, which is named after the nearby town, but it appears to translate as something like "bad thought" or "bad idea." "Schiphol" (whirlpool) is a good one too.

Two of the airports here in the Los Angeles area are named after actors: John Wayne (SNA) and Bob Hope (BUR). I nominate Jimmy Stewart to be the new name for LAX. He played Charles Lindbergh in "The Spirit of St. Louis," and an aeronautical engineer in "No Highway in the Sky." He of course, also had a cameo in "Airport '77." I suppose they could revert to its original name: Mines Field. You could then make funny puns about "minefields."

Nartia is actually much better now that it was when it opened. You used to have to take a bus past the angry farmers. Now the train goes right into the terminal. Still, it would be a ghost town if international airlines were not forced to fly there instead of Haneda.
 
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RE: Where Does The Name "Narita" Come From?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 2:34 pm

Quoting Danialanwar (Reply 6):
Zurich KLOTEN
Amsterdam SHIPOL (I believe)
Singapore CHANGI
Kuala Lumpur SEPANG Intl
Melbourne TULLAMARINE
Tokyo NARITA

Delhi PALAM
Bombay/Mumbai SANTA CRUZ
Calcutta/Kolkata DUM DUM

None of them official names, but often referred to as such locally.