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It's "intercontinental!" Not International.

Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:52 am

So, if you didn't already know, I'm a fan of Houston George Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH). Lately, I've heard a few people calling it "Bush International." Of course, I stay respectful and refuse to correct them, but am I the only one that is driven crazy over this? I'm sure there are others out there that have a similar case (and please feel free to share). And I also realize that others are not as savvy as we are when it comes to aviation (not saying that I'm great, but I know my facts).
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:27 am

If that's the case, we need to rename qiute a few airports through out the World.

Or am I missing something?
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RE: It's "intercontinental!" Not International.

Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:31 am

Quoting Fallap (Reply 1):

The title is my mental response to when people say international with IAH. Same goes with DEN when people call it DIA. It's just a pet peeve of when people say airport names or codes wrong.
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:46 am

Quoting IAHflyer97 (Reply 2):

How about Houston George Bush Intergalactic Airport? 
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RE: It's "intercontinental!" Not International.

Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:09 am

Quoting Fallap (Reply 3):

Now THAT's something I can roll with!!

Fun fact. EFD is supposed to be Houston Spaceport! Maybe they'll name it Houston Intergalactic!
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:37 am

I suggest we call it Houston-2. To overcome the confusion.
 
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:10 am

I remember boarding a UA flight from ORD to BGR ( back when UA had 727's on the route). People who are not Mainards usually pronounce the city "BangER" while locals are specific that it's "BangOR."

When the gate agent announced boarding for BangER, throngs of customers corrected her!
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:17 pm

Quoting IAHflyer97 (Reply 2):
Quoting Fallap (Reply 1):


The title is my mental response to when people say international with IAH. Same goes with DEN when people call it DIA. It's just a pet peeve of when people say airport names or codes wrong.

DIA isn't a code, just an abbreviation. That's common. YEG (Edmonton International Airport) even uses "EIA" in their website and as their URL:
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:30 pm

How about just saying "Bush Airport"? Its a lot easier to say.
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:40 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):

Same with MCI. Many people in the area refer to it as KCA or KCI.

Living near JFK you really only hear "Kennedy" and "JFK", with the occasional "Idlewild"!
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Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:35 pm

My pet peeve for TPA is when people refer to the airsides as terminals. United is in Terminal A....no, United is in Airside A.

I hate it when I hear "...and channel 8's own Josh Kellogg is out at TIA to let us know, blah, blah, blah...." Does the luggage tag say TIA? No, it says TPA
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Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:40 am

Quoting IAHflyer97 (Thread starter):
I'm sure there are others out there that have a similar case (and please feel free to share).

You mean like people who drink "expresso?"   

I always cringed when people referred to a certain Phoenix-based airline as "American West."

I was taking a cab couple years ago to MSP and the clearly foreign-born driver said, "Which airport?" That would have been a pertinent question in New York, Chi-town, or SFO/OAK, but... really? Which airport? Hesitantly, I said, "Minneaaapolis - St. Paul Internaaaaational...?" To which the driver barked, "NO! Which airport?" I figured he meant which airline, and I told him which, but still I found it astonishing that a cab driver, even if very new to America, would not have the word "airline" in his actual vocabulary.

IAHflyer97 - at least you didn't have the experience I once had after an HP flight touched down at ORD, when the stewardess said, "Welcome to Chicago International."

  
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Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:57 pm

I've never been bothered by people butchering minor details in airport names, but then again my home airport is ATL: The William Berry Hartsfield - Maynard Holbrook Jackson - Insert Other Politicians Names Here - And Their Grandmas Just Because International Airport. Thank goodness there's just one commercial airport around here for now--it's just "the airport".  
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Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:37 pm

Didn't they call it Houston Intercontinental because HOU was already Houston International?
 
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Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:57 pm

Well to be honest I still say "National Airport" for DCA. I can't seem to get the "Reagan" over my lips. However, to be fair I still say "BWI" instead of the longfangeled name they use now. In fact I've often considered initiating a petition to Congress banning the naming of airports after ANY politician until at least 50 years after their deaths. The only exception would be if said policitian or local celebrity had some concrete connection to the airport, e.g. they donated tons of money to building the airport or gave land for its location. Even military "heroes" would be excluded from this sort of honor. Just plant a few trees or rename a park is more than good enough in my opinion. Regarding IAH...I wonder what George H Bush says when he has to catch a flight "driver, get me to "my" airport!" ?
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Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:16 pm

How Macy on this board still say "USAir"?
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:57 am

Obviously you're new - it's should be Houston Intercontinental, and always will be to me. Not sure when they put George Bush in there, but it doesn't belong.

Just like National Airport in DC. Ronald Regan just sounds wrong in the airport name.
 
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:51 am

Quoting usa4624 (Reply 16):

I agree with you.

As a former Northern Virginia resident, I refer to DCA as Washington/National Airport. It seems unnecessary to use Ronald Reagan when using a car service.

In my mind, it's Washington/Dulles or Washington/National. Old habits.
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Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:23 am

It does seem fitting that "international" wasn't big enough for Texas.   
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Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:42 am

Quoting Fallap (Reply 1):
If that's the case, we need to rename qiute a few airports through out the World.

Or am I missing something?

Some airports are named "Intercontinental" and some are named "International". It's just part of the proper name and often misused. IAH, I believe is Houston Intercontinental Airport or now George Bush Intercontinental Airport. ORD is Ohare International Airport.

Some guys are named John, and some George. Same thing!
 
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:52 am

Quoting copter808 (Reply 19):
Some airports are named "Intercontinental" and some are named "International"

The only airport I know of with "Intercontinental" in its name is IAH. Know of any others?
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Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:54 pm

Quoting type-rated (Reply 20):
The only airport I know of with "Intercontinental" in its name is IAH. Know of any others?

Well... I was going to prove you wrong--but the only one I could find was IAH too!! I didn't do a long search, but that's all I could find so far.
 
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Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:52 am

Intercontinental is a unique name. Most people think of ICBM's when they hear the word Intercontiental, but for an airport it makes sense. I think most people in Houston still refer to it as Intercontinental instead of Bush.
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Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:44 am

Personally, I dislike the term "intercontinental" (what, international wasn't good enough?) and I'm not the biggest supporter of any US politician, so "Houston" or "IAH" is what I'll typically refer to it as.
 
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RE: It's "intercontinental!" Not International.

Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:58 pm

Quoting IAHflyer97 (Thread starter):

So, if you didn't already know, I'm a fan of Houston George Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH). Lately, I've heard a few people calling it "Bush International." Of course, I stay respectful and refuse to correct them, but am I the only one that is driven crazy over this?

Intercontinental instead of International is such a naming convention anomaly, it's not surprising that people aren't aware of it. Heck, a friend of mine's dad still calls Hollywood-Burbank (or whatever it's called these days) 'Lockheed Field'.  
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Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:07 pm

Quoting Opethfan (Reply 23):
and I'm not the biggest supporter of any US politician, so "Houston" or "IAH" is what I'll typically refer to it as.

Don't have much of a choice with JFK now, huh?  
 
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Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:15 am

Quoting ORDfan (Reply 25):

Luckily JFK was a few generations before my time!
 
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Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:14 am

He's in his 90's now; so... what about George H.W. Bush Incontinence Airport?

  
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Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:59 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 24):
a friend of mine's dad still calls Hollywood-Burbank (or whatever it's called these days) 'Lockheed Field'.

Not many airports have had as many names as BUR. According to Wikipedia:

Angeles Mesa Drive Airport (1928–1930)
United Airport (1930–1934)
Union Air Terminal (1934–1940)
Lockheed Air Terminal (1940–1967)
Hollywood-Burbank Airport (1967–1978)
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (1978–2003)
Bob Hope Airport (2003–present).

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