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What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:29 am

Hi,

I was wondering about airport names. Any one you can think of. Like why is Milan airport named "Malpensa", or Stockholm "Arlanda".

for example,

Toronto Lester B. Pearson = named after our prime minister

Bucharest Otopeni = (Otopeni is the actual town where the airport is, on the outskirts of Bucharest)

please feel free to add as many as you want.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:32 am

Nottingham East Midlands Airport is named because it's in Nottingham...... despite being closer to Derby and having a Derby address.  Nuts

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:36 am

MAD is named after the town of Barajas wich is right beside
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:40 am

I fly out of Daytona Beach Intl, which is obviously named for the city. But my most frequent destination for flight is Flagler County airport (X47) for lunch at Hijackers Cafe (no joke, and great food). Flagler airport is named for the county it resides in I am sure, but that in turn is named after Henry Flagler, the railroad magnate that pretty much single handedly opened up FL to tourism, created the FL East Coast railroad and developed south Fl into the towns we know them as now.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:43 am

CCS Maiquetía Simón Bolívar: The Maiquetia were an Indian tribe who used to live on this coast. Simón Bolívar was the guy who kicked out the Spaniards 200 years ago. Pity we didn't do the same in Viasa.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:46 am

In Switzerland, all airport are named for the city it is located :

Geneva Cointrin airport is situaed in Cointrin
same for Berne Belp, Lugano-Agno.

ZRH unique airport is not situated in a city named Unique... I never understood why the name is "unique". Some years ago, the airport was named Zurich-Kloten.



 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:50 am

Arlanda is named after the area location. Hopefully they re-name it Alfred Nobel Airport  Big thumbs up

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:50 am

Well, YVR (Vancouver International Airport) is named after the namesake city of course, which is named after Capt. George Vancouver, the British explorer with the Dutch name.

Like many major airports, YVR is not actually located within the city limits of Vancouver, but in the City of Richmond just south of Vancouver across the north arm of the Fraser River on Sea Island.

Interestingly, George Vancouver is buried at St. Peter's Church in Richmond, England.
 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:50 am

No surprises that Leeds/Bradford (LBA) is located between the two neighbouring cities, about 5 miles from Bradford and about 7 miles from Leeds. The airport is also sometimes referred to as Yeadon, especially by locals, as this is the town it is actually located in.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:51 am

And AMS Schiphol: Ship's hole. Hole meaning a gap where ships disappear into. That whole area where the airport is nowadays used to be part of a dangerous sea suffering often from bad weather. So you might also say: ship's hell. And it hasn't changed much! Weather conditions at this airport are very often extremely bad.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:52 am

- Alicante El Altet - the town next to the airport
- Barcelona El Prat - the town next to the airport
- San Sebastian Hondarribia - the town next to the airport
- Valencia Manises - the town next to the airport
(... not vey original up till now, is it?...)
- Malaga Pablo Ruiz Picasso - the artist we all know

- Brussels Zaventem - same story
- Istanbul Atatürk - named after the founder or modern Turkey
- Maastricht Aachen Airport, popularly known as Beek (yep, that´s right, the village next to it)
- Paris Charles de Gaulle - he was famous also
- Zurich Kloten - yes, the town...

and many, many more

 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:55 am

I am from San Diego, KSAN, the airport is named after Charles Lindbergh (Lindbergh Field) as the Spirit of St Louis was built there by Ryan Aviation.
 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:57 am

Indianapolis International Airport...named after....well....Indianapolis  Big thumbs up
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:00 am

what are these airports named after?

London Heathrow
London Gatwick
Prague Ruzyne (forgive me if I spelled it wrong. I'm doing this off the top of my head)
Budapest Ferihegy (forgive me if I spelled it wrong. I'm doing this off the top of my head)
Rome Fumicino (forgive me if I spelled it wrong. I'm doing this off the top of my head)

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:02 am

The nearest commerical airport to me is ISP, Long Island MacArthur Airport, named after Douglas MacArthur.
It is interesting that while MacArthur was one of America's greatest generals, ISP is one of the very few major public facilities or sites in the country to bear his name.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:03 am

Indianapolis International Airport...named after....well....Indianapolis

Wasn't it originally Weir Cook?
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:04 am

Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL)... Vantaa is name of the city where the airport is located (some 19km from Helsinki downtown).

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:10 am

CRW (Charleston, WV), formerly known as Kanawha Airport, was renamed Yeager Airport in October 1985 in honor of Brigadier General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager. Yeager is a native of West Virginia and is best known for being the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound.
 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:12 am

Dens: I think nowadays ZRH is just called Flughafen Zürich. They removed the Unique titles from the tower.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:12 am

PROSA...if so i did not know that  Smile I have lived in Indy for only 3.5 years. It seems as if every major airport whether it is named after the city or not has had some type of name to it.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:16 am

HPN [Westchester County Airport, White Plains NY] is coded after the 3 towns that the boundries of the airport are actually in ... Harrison Purchase New Castle.

They say its in White Plains, NY because White Plains is the closest city and the county seat and very close to the airport.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:16 am

what are these airports named after?

London Heathrow


From www.thisislongford.com:

"Heathrow Airport derives its name from a hamlet called Heath Row, which was obliterated during the construction of the airport. The hamlet of Heath Row was on the western part of Hounslow Heath and lay along a road that ran in a southerly direction from near the Magpies Inn on the bath Road at Sipson in the Parish of Harmondsworth."

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:17 am

Some has-been who had absolutely nothing to do with the city or with aviation. But the locals all call the airport terminals by the part of town they're in: Sahar for the international one and Santa Cruz for domestic.
 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:22 am

Some has-been who had absolutely nothing to do with the city or with aviation.

The full name for BOS is General Lawrence T. Logan International Airport. He wasn't involved in aviation at all.

http://www.massport.com/logan/about_histo.html
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:22 am

Cleveland Hopkins --> "The airport began operations in July of 1925 as the first municipal airport in the United States. The airport was officially named Cleveland Hopkins Airport after founder William Hopkins turned eighty-two in the early 1950's. Finally, in 1964, Hopkins received its current name of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, reflecting international aspirations and operations to Canada since 1946"


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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:28 am

BOS is named after General Edward Lawrence Logan, a man who apparently never flew, but was in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in November 1897, and retired as a Major General in March 1928. BOS was opened on June 13, 1923, as Boston Airport, and was re-named for Logan in June 1943.



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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:28 am

what are these airports named after?

London Gatwick


From www.baa.com:

"The name Gatwick can be dated back to 1241, when Richard de Warwick assigned his rights to some land in the manor of Charlwood (four aces of meadow and 18 acres of land) to John de Gatwick and his heirs. The land was part of what was later known as the Manor of Gatwick and was owned by the de Gatwicks until the 14th century when it then passed to various different families"
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:30 am

>Nottingham East Midlands Airport is named because it's in Nottingham...... despite being closer to Derby and having a Derby address<

Yep, it is in Darby, but isn't it closest to Leicester?  Nuts
I remember, they said on the Beeb that the reason they named it after Nottingham was because it is the name people would recognize, likely looking for the Sheriff  Big thumbs up.

Anyway, LAX is named Los Angeles International Airport, for the City of the Angels where it is.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is named after the famous jazz musician, while its code MSY stands for Moissant Stock Yards, which was what was on the site before the airport was built. Those Stock Yards were named for John Moissant, who was an aviation pioneer who crashed and died on the site during the dawn of aviation. Kind of the airport's guardian angel now.  Innocent
BOS is named Logan after General Edward Logan.
LGA is named after LaGuardia, who was the mayor of NY who built the airport
JFK is named after...JFK
EWR is named Liberty after CO making a post-9/11 marketing move
IAH is named after Bush the Former
HOU after William Hobby
Liverpool after John Lennon
LHR after the neighborhood the airport displaced
LTN is named after the town of Luton
SNA is named for John Wayne, the movie star
BUR was named Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena after the 3 cities that own the airport, but now is named for Bob Hope (should have been George Burns, who actually flew WN out of there to LAS all the time :-()
FLL is named Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, because it is actually in Hollywood, FL.
MCO is now just called Orlando International, but the code stands for McCoy Air Force Base, which was there before.
VCV is Southern California Logistics Airport, as they know their role as a logistic place to store aircraft and are trying to attract cargo traffic with their 15,000 foot runway (used to be SC International Airport and before that George AFB)

Why is LGW called Gatwick? Shouldn't it be London-Crawley, London-East Grinstead or even Brighton International Big grin?
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:30 am

PHLBOS, Logan seems to have had at least something to do with Boston.

In Bombay's case, well, we've got the airport, the main railway station, the main park, a bunch of roads and one of Air India's aircraft named after the same man. And he never even came close to the city!

For the most part though, locals continue to refer to the original names.
 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:33 am

Sorry, PHLBOS, I was putting together my post while you were posting yours. Jasepl, see my reply #25.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:35 am

I will throw in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) named after 2 mayors of Atlanta:

William B. Hartsfield
Maynard Jackson

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:38 am

I hail from from Louisville International Airport, USA which any idiot knows is coded SDF. SDF??? It translates as Standiford Field, the original name of the airport. Who or what was a Standiford?
Elisha David Standiford was a politically powerful landowner who had holdings to the south of what was then the city of Louisville. It is on his land that the airport now stands. What was once the "boonies" is now virtually downtown. Most daylight approaches take one over downtown and the Ohio River. Although Standiford lived in the early-mid 1800's, he was very active in transportation. He built (and charged tolls on) a major highway which is now US 60. He was one of the driving forces behind building the Portland canal which allowed steamboats to circumvent the Falls of the Ohio (more like a rapids), the reason for Louisville's existence. He was also one of the founding fathers of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, one of the South's major lines. Standiford was an MD and also a Congressman. Both the Democrat and Republican parties nominated him, but one term was enough.
Until it was recently rebuilt, SDF and LOU (Bowman Field--a general aviation airport, the original airport) both had a runway 19. The two airports are only 5 miles apart! Delta almost put an 880 into LOU once and UA tried to get a 727 in once, neither plane landed, but it caused quite a stir with the neighborhood grass cutters. SDF was built to accommodate Curtis' WW II plant building c 46's.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:44 am

Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP):
Named after Jorge Newbery, an Argentine aviator, who was the first person to cross the Andes on a balloon.

Buenos Aires - Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) (EZE):
It is located in the town of Ezeiza, some 35km west of Buenos Aires. Minister Pistarini was the one who decided to build the airport.

Rosario - Malvinas Argentinas (Fisherton) (ROS):
Located in the town of Fisherton, west of Rosario. Malvinas Argentinas...well-known story.

Jujuy - Horacio Guzmán (El Cadillal) (JUJ):
Governor Horacio Guzmán decided to create the airport. El Cadillal was the name of the estancia they expropriated to build it.

Salta - General Güemes (SLA):
General Martín Miguel de Güemes fought against the Spaniards in our Independence War, and he was from Salta.

Montevideo - Carrasco (MVD):
It is located in the town of Carrasco, just next to Montevideo.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:56 am

DTW-Detroit Metro. Wayne County Airport
McNammera Terminal, Wayne County Exec.

Berry Terminal?
Davey Terminal, Former Airport GM
Smith Terminal?

Any help with these?
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:57 am

ORD-O'hare.

Orchard Field, named O"hare after military fighter pilot. WWII
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:58 am

TLV is Ben Gurion Airport, for David Ben Gurion, Israel's first PM.

DAL Love field is named for Lt. Moss Lee Love of the 11th cavelry division who died in Wright Flyer in 1913. He was the 10th Fatality in Army aviation history... Interesting.
 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:11 am

N1120a,
Looking at an aeronautical chart it's roughly 6 miles from Derby, 11 from Nottingham and 15 from Leicester.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:12 am

Mine, like everything else, is named after Ronald Reagan.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:13 am

In Bombay's case, well, we've got the airport, the main railway station, the main park, a bunch of roads and one of Air India's aircraft named after the same man.

I don't know about you, but I ALWAYS make it a point to call the airport by its full name - "Mumbai Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Antarashtriya Hawai Adda".  Big grin

Shivaji Park has been Shivaji Park since time immemorial. VT-EPW has always been named Shivaji. However folks like you continue to live in the past and refer to "Bombay" and "VT" instead of "Mumbai" and "CST". Get with the times....
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:19 am

OKC = Will Rogers World Airport

Will Rogers = Early Oklahoma Aviator
World = A step up on "international"
Airport = Another name for wildlife refuge

With all the convention centers, sports facilities around the US taking on corporate names/sponsorship, its just a matter or time before we start having airports the same.

Cingular Wireless Aerodrome, A T & T International Airport etc. just insert a corporate name.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:23 am

Here in Minneapolis, we have MSP which is just Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. However, the airfield is named after local World War I aviator heroes Ernest Groves Wold and Cyrus Foss Chamberlain, the first two area pilots who gave their lives in combat during World War I. The main terminal is called the Lindbergh Terminal after, of course, Minnesota native Charles Lindbergh - the first non-stop, solo, trans-Atlantic flyer. The other terminal is called the Humphrey Terminal after Hubert H. Humphrey, former Mayor of Minneapolis, U.S. Senator from Minnesota and Vice President of the U.S.

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:25 am

My airport is:

KSQI Sterling/Rock Falls, Whiteside County Airport, Joseph H. Bittorf Field, Illinois...

Howz that?

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:02 am

ANU i.e. VC Bird International Airport is named after Antigua & Barbuda's first Prime Minister.
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:10 am

Bogota´s EL Dorado after the legend the conquistadors followed. The lake where the indian tribe whose chief bathed covered in gold is just outside the city. Plenty of the recovered treasures are in the Gold Museum in Bogota, but most of the gold is now covering the cielings of churches and palaces all over Europe.
 
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:22 am

ANC - Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The "Anchorage" is self-explanatory. Ted Stevens is the Senior United States Senator for Alaska, and President Pro-Tempore of the United States Senate . . . .
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:27 am

What about PVD, can anyone tell me who Theodore Francis Green is?
 
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Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:34 am

I don't know if it is still called Jean Batten Intl. But the Int. Terminal at AKL used to be named that - think AIAL renamed it now...
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:00 am

JFK (Speaks for itself)

LGA (Named for NY Mayor Fiorello La Guardia)

ISP (MacArthur, speaks for itself)
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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:07 am

MEL is named after the suburb it is situated in (Tullamarine). This was required as a distinction from the old international airport at Essendon.
SYD is named after Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, the first person to make a trans-pacific crossing in an aircrfaft and one of Australia's greatest aviators.
All of Australia's other international airports are simply named after the city they serve (Brisbane International, Perth International etc. etc.).

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RE: What/who Is Your Airport Named After?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:28 am

MAN was named after Ringway Farm, the area that the original airport was constructed on. Other British airports broadly follow similar formats, such as Glasgow Abbotsinch, Birmingham Elmdon, Leeds Bradford Yeadon etc.

There was talk of renaming MAN a while back but it dodn't seem to go anywhere. When LPL became Liverpool John Lennon, MAN was discussed for renaming to Manchester Lowry.

Manchester Laurence S Lowry International has a nice ring to it...
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