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October 12, 2007

Airport Naming Is All About Location

Plane.gifI have been following the stories about re-naming airports for some time now and recently came across an article just about that in the Modesto Bee.

The Castle Air Force Base in Yosemite, California wants to go from being named after a heroic airman to a georgraphical name. Soon it will be called either Central California Yosemite Airport or Merced County Yosemite Airport.

airport.gifThe similar situation is in Hartford Bradley Airport that was named after a pilot killed in a training accident during times when the airport was a military field. The new name alternatives considered are "Bradley New England International Airport" or "New England International Airport" since the airport is now an international destination.

On the other hand, well-known airports like Johannesburg International, are changing their names into OR Tambo Airport named after the former president of the ANC.

Here are a few more examples of airports that were named after people:

It seems to me that naming an airport is just as big of a task as naming a town. After all, it is the front gate into the city.

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Posted by Diane Prange at October 12, 2007 8:38 AM
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I agree, airports are the gateway to a city, so it's natural to want to celebrate the greatest local heroes in this way. However, I also think it can be a disadvantage for the airport and the community by failing to communicate clearly the location of the airport, which is, after all, the most important thing for passengers.

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