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East Midlands Airport

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Message 1 - posted by Derby Host: Gavin, Dec 7, 2006

Nottingham East Midlands Airport is to revert to its old name of 'East Midlands Airport'.

The decision comes three years after bosses at the airport decided to add the city's name to attract more foreign business.

The airport says it is responding to customer feedback but many will see today's U-turn as proof the name-change hasn't worked.

What do you think? Have your say using the form below.

You can read more about this story here: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/...
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Message 2 - posted by paperbackwriter, Dec 7, 2006

Common sense at last! the original change of name was a foolish move, the opposition by Derby and Leicester people was predctable, though the extent of the opposition could never have been predicted.
The message should be clear - if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!
Let's put this unfortunate incident behind us now and hope that the airport continues to benefit Deby Leicester and Nottingham.
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Message 3 - posted by poshcurlydee, Dec 7, 2006

The name change was forced through by the then boss at BMI Baby. Soon afterwards he left the company to join another (bigger/proper) airline.
Thanks mate !!
<steam>
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Message 4 - posted by Martin Payne, Dec 8, 2006

I'm quite sure the change of name won't make any difference to the benefits, or otherwise, to the people of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby. Just ridiculous that a perfectly good name has been amended twice in two years or no real reason.

I live near London Heathrow - but it's quite close to Slough so perhaps someone should start a campaign to change that airport name? Slough Airport, anyone?
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Message 5 - posted by paperbackwriter, Dec 8, 2006

I was very pleased the first time I heard that the airport name was to revert to East Midlands, but alas it was just a matter of hours later that we are told that it is to have the city names listed in the order of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.

So Derby is bottom of the list yet again! It should be listed in the order of the nearest city first, which happens to be Derby, the city responsible for producing the jet engines that power the aircraft that use the airport.

I feel sorry for the people of Castle Donnington, who are given no mention at all, but have to live with the noise, traffic and pollution caused by the airport.
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Message 6 - posted by mammoth, Dec 8, 2006

There seems to be some confusion here. I read in the BBC News article that the airport was being named as "East Midlands Airport - Nottingham, Leicester, Derby". This seems like commercial suicide! I can't think of a successful airport in the world that has such a long confusing name, and it suggests that the airport can't really find its identity.

Stick to East Midlands Airport or EMA, its simple, and still represents the entire region in which it is based. Give people some credit, it's not hard to see where an airport actually is located.
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Message 7 - posted by paperbackwriter, Dec 8, 2006

I don't believe it! here we go again. Now that the East Midlands Airport has recovered its proper identity, it is the turn of leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins, to spit out his dummy and start screaming and raving about the decision. Mr. Collins, there was no need to change the airpor's name in the first place! Nottingham is not the centre of the universe and its location is not as well known as you like to kid yourself. Even the business organisations agree that the decision to rename it "East Midlands" was the right decision. The majority point of view has now been satisfied so just sit back, shut up and accept it - just as the leaders of Derby City and Leicester City councils had to do the first time around.
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Message 8 - posted by blu-eaven, Dec 8, 2006

What gets me is, what has it got to do with Nottingham in the first place. Its in Leicestershire and has a Derby postcode. It should be called E M A Derby, Leicester, oh, and we had better mention them over there as well, so Jon Collins dont chuck his dolly out his pram.
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Message 9 - posted by BigDaveDerby, Dec 22, 2006

The whole ‘renaming’ exercise was a farce and flawed from the start, and typical of the ridiculous narrow minded image obsessed committee thinking that seems to be the norm these days. Renaming an airport alone does not in turn make an area a more attractive tourist area. Apart from the fact Nottingham already has an airport located on the East side of the city near Tollerton, if Nottingham wishes to attract tourists, try getting actual police officers on the streets to serve and protect individuals and their property, and dealing with gun, gang and drug crime, instead of obsessing with CCTV and miles and miles of cash earning ‘safety camera’s’ in the locations most likely to generate revenue which have done little to improve public safety installed at great cost to the taxpayer.

Liverpool renamed their airport ‘John Lennon Airport’ but I have no greater desire to visit Liverpool as a result. Fact is the locals (myself included) still refer to the airport as ‘East midlands’ and always will. In my view if they were going to rename the airport to anything it should have been ‘Sir Frank Whittle Airport’ not in a bid to attract tourists simply as a mark of genuine respect to a true local hero and innovator. Sir Frank Whittle was arguably the greatest aero-engineer of the 20th century. Whittle's engineering genius led to the creation of several milestone aircraft including the RAF's Gloster Meteor, the world's first passenger jet the de Havilland Comet, and the legend that is Concorde.

Sure beats naming an Airport after a City connected with a fictitious character that maybe lived in a nearby forest, two second rate football teams and an appalling gun\drug crime record.
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Message 10 - posted by paperbackwriter, Dec 22, 2006

Big Dave, I could not have put it better myself! Spot on with your suggestion that the airport should be named after Sir Frank Whittle, after all where would we be if he had not invented the jet engine?

Naming the airport after Sir Frank Whittle would be the best honour that could be given to the father of jet travel.

In my view if they were going to rename the airport to anything it should have been ‘Sir Frank Whittle Airport’ not in a bid to attract tourists simply as a mark of genuine respect to a true local hero and innovator. Sir Frank Whittle was arguably the greatest aero-engineer of the 20th century. Whittle's engineering genius led to the creation of several milestone aircraft including the RAF's Gloster Meteor, the world's first passenger jet the de Havilland Comet, and the legend that is Concorde.

Sure beats naming an Airport after a City connected with a fictitious character that maybe lived in a nearby forest, two second rate football teams and an appalling gun\drug crime record.

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