October 12, 2007
Airport Naming Is All About Location
I 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.
The 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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