Getting your airports in a twist…

Simon Jenkins rails against the naming of utilities after ‘transient’ popular heros. But, and I hate to rat on a fellow blogger (especially one as estimable as Simon Jenkins), but hasn’t he got his Belfast Airports in a twist? The groving Alder he whistfully refers to is in the open plains of south west Antrim, not on the margins of the Belfast Lough.

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  • wild turkey

    saw the article this morning and have already emailed mr jenkins re his confusion. should i expect a reply from one so ‘estimable’?

    makes you wonder though just how much opinion writing is substantiated by fact and/or the most basic of research.

  • slug

    Officially I think its called Belfast International, not Belfast Aldergrove. However I think it should be called Belfast Aldergrove, as this is rather a nice name.

  • Seán

    Just goes to show how little impact City airport has made.

  • joeCanuck

    Still, he makes a good point.
    Toronto international was renamed Lester B. Pearson Airport about 20 years ago in honour of a dead former prime minister.
    Very few people outside Canada knows who who he is and in another generation, very few here will.

    I think international and other major airports should be named after the city with which they are associated, follwed by the district in which they are located if there is more than one airport, just like london.
    Given that Bestie, so far as I know, had no particular association with the City Airport, “They” should instead have proposed his name for the new stadium.

  • soapy

    agreed that aldergrove is a pleasant name for an airport, but officially it is belfast international airport. they actively tried to shake off the aldergrove tag years ago to get the word belfast in there instead.

    the george best name will be hanging outside the city airport for a long time before anyone actually calls it that in an ordinary conversation.

    ask any taxi driver.. no one is asking to go to george best airport.

  • Jamie Gargoyle

    Following the example set by my Dad, I call Belfast International “Aldergrove”, and Belfast City / George Best airport “the Harbour Airport”. I doubt anyone would misunderstand either name.

    Mind you, as I’m old enough and from the part of the world in question, the point where the Knock dual carriageway crosses the Saintfield Road will always be “the Supermac junction” regardless of what the large shop next to it is called…

  • Carson’s Cat

    “Very few people outside Canada knows who who he is and in another generation, very few here will.”

    Well if someone doesnt know then they can go educate themselves and learn a little bit of Canadian history in the process.

    Ignorance shouldnt guide everything we do in life.

  • harpo

    ‘But, and I hate to rat on a fellow blogger (especially one as estimable as Simon Jenkins)’

    Mick:

    How is pointing out an error on the part of another blogger ratting on them?

    Errors in any form of communication should be pointed out and corrected. I don’t see what point it will serve if bloggers just become another group where members of the group refuse to comment on the activities or communications of other members because of some sort of informal code that one doesn’t say anything about other members of the group.

    I think bloggers need to get over this ‘bloggers are special’ thinking that seems to be a large part of the blogging community. Blogging is just another form of communication that will eventually become part of the mainstream, and will end up being no more special then TV or radio or newspapers or anything else.

    The last thing the world needs is yet another group acting in an elitist manner and refusing to say anything about each other. It’s only another form of communication after all.

  • dodrade

    “agreed that aldergrove is a pleasant name for an airport, but officially it is belfast international airport. they actively tried to shake off the aldergrove tag years ago to get the word belfast in there instead.”

    And failed miserably. Belfast International identifies it to outsiders, but at home it will always be Aldergrove. Similarly, City of Derry will always be Eglinton airport to me. Does anyone else think ultimately George Best will fail to stick and be quietly dropped after a few years?

  • Pablo

    I sent an email to Mr. Jenkins and got a reply this morning:

    Many thanks for your email pointing out my mistake about Belfast City Airport (one of many, as you anticipated!). I have visited Belfast over many years and know it well. I am so sorry for the mistake. We have corrected it in the paper today.
    With best wishes
    Simon Jenkins

  • Alan Law

    And there was me thinking his reply to me was personal and exclusive………..