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Shouldn't airports shorten their names?

Old Jan 15, 15, 1:38 pm
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Shouldn't airports shorten their names?

Too long?

BWI
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
why not: Thurgood Marshall Airport

EWR
Newark Liberty International Airport
why not: Newark Airport

DCA
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
why not: Washington National Airport
why not; National Airport (that's what I called it when I still called airlines to make a reservation in the early 90's.)

ATL
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
why not: Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
why not: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

PIA
General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
why not: General Downing Airport
International make a joke of the airport

LBB
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
why not Preston Smith Airport or Lubbock Airport

DFW
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
ok, but the old name sounded understated and classy: Dallas Fort Worth Regional Airport
Regional must have been fashionable for a while. In Louisiana, they still call it Shreveport Regional Airport, which is a fine airport. Change the name to Shreveport International Airport and it would be a joke. The same goes with CAE, Columbia Metropolitan Airport. A pleasant airport near Columbia, SC, changing the name to Columbia International Airport would be a joke name.

LAX and SFO are fine because those cities have many airports so the "international" part distinguishes them from Long Beach or Oakland.

MEL or Tullamarine Airport or Melbourne Airport are fine names. Nobody thinks Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is tiny or bad.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 1:40 pm
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ATL
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
why not: Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
why not: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
You have no idea what a ruckus the naming of that airport was like in the Atlanta area.

Atlanta International Airport suffices with me...
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Old Jan 15, 15, 1:54 pm
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Most of your suggestions don't make much sense. I think it's important that the name of the city it serves be in the airport name. For example, if I didn't know where PIA was and looked it up only to find it's "General Downing Airport," that doesn't do me much good.

Change the name to Shreveport International Airport and it would be a joke.
Yea, especially since it doesn't have federal inspection facilities. "International" in an airport name indicates that CBP has a presence at that airport to handle international passengers and cargo. That's an important feature for an airport to make known.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 1:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Canarsie View Post
You have no idea what a ruckus the naming of that airport was like in the Atlanta area.

Atlanta International Airport suffices with me...
I think I know. It was close to exchanging punches.

I can see the defenders and haters of either Hartsfield or Jackson. However, the name is too long that they could drop "International" and "Atlanta". After all, everyone knows that ATL is a big airport with quite a few international flights and that it's in Atlanta.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 2:03 pm
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Honestly, I've never heard anyone ever use the full nomenclature for these airports. In DC, we have DCA (aka National), Dulles, and BWI. No one, save for tourons, would call them anything else.

Most frequent flyers just call airports by their IATA code.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 2:13 pm
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Honestly, I've never heard anyone ever use the full nomenclature for these airports. In DC, we have DCA (aka National), Dulles, and BWI. No one, save for tourons, would call them anything else.

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I told the taxi to take me to Roissy Airport, not CDG. Much easier to say in French.
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Yea, especially since it doesn't have federal inspection facilities. "International" in an airport name indicates that CBP has a presence at that airport to handle international passengers and cargo. That's an important feature for an airport to make known.
Doesn't really matter.

These airports have many international flights and customs....

Gatwick Airport
Zurich Airport or Zurich Kloten Airport
London City Airport
Birmingham Airport (UK, not Alabama)
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Originally Posted by Steve M View Post
Most of your suggestions don't make much sense. I think it's important that the name of the city it serves be in the airport name. For example, if I didn't know where PIA was and looked it up only to find it's "General Downing Airport," that doesn't do me much good.


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...then Peoria Downing Airport.
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Shouldn't airport shorten their names?

As someone who grew up in DC we call it Reagan or National not the full name so I think it's fine.
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Originally Posted by Box5 View Post
Originally Posted by Steve M View Post
Yea, especially since it doesn't have federal inspection facilities. "International" in an airport name indicates that CBP has a presence at that airport to handle international passengers and cargo. That's an important feature for an airport to make known.
Doesn't really matter.

These airports have many international flights and customs....

Gatwick Airport
Zurich Airport or Zurich Kloten Airport
London City Airport
Birmingham Airport (UK, not Alabama)
But who would think Shreveport would be International?
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Old Jan 15, 15, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Box5 View Post
Doesn't really matter.

These airports have many international flights and customs....

Gatwick Airport
Zurich Airport or Zurich Kloten Airport
London City Airport
Birmingham Airport (UK, not Alabama)
Indeed, outside of the US, few airports have 'international' in their name.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Canarsie View Post
You have no idea what a ruckus the naming of that airport was like in the Atlanta area.

Atlanta International Airport suffices with me...
I can remember when it was simply "Atlanta Airport" back in the 1960's and early 1970's. Simple enough.

If my memory serves me, it got changed to "Hartsfield Atlanta International" in the mid 1970's about the time ATL got its first international flight- SABENA to BRU.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 4:11 pm
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Shouldn't airport shorten their names?

Perhaps a silly question, but why? Is the length of the name causing confusion? (No) Are there no well understood abbreviations? (No)
The only reason seems to be that you think they should be shorter just because.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
Indeed, outside of the US, few airports have 'international' in their name.
Well in Europe it seems like a mostly pointless addition given that practically all airports that offer regularly scheduled service also offer international flights. In the U.S. there actually seems to be a distinction between regional and international airports and hence airports which do offer international service make a point of adding that to their name as a mark of prestige.
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Old Jan 15, 15, 4:21 pm
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Given airports' proclivities for appending the names of far away cities, I vote that they should be required to lengthen their names to include the distance from the city centre. Perhaps Basel Mulhouse Freiburg could be excluded on yhe grounds of complexity.
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