Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New airports may be named after cities not personalities

New Delhi: The government is considering naming future airports after cities and not personalities because it feels that names of cities are easier to remember for passengers especially foreign tourists. The civil aviation ministry is, however, yet to finalise its decision. Regarding renaming of existing airports after personalities, the government is yet to make up its mind.  The government, however, is likely to allow naming of airport terminals after eminent personalities.

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha clarified the government’s stand while giving a written reply in the matter to the Lok Sabha recently. He said the proposal of naming and renaming airports after cities is being examined by the government and that the government is also working on a policy on naming / re-naming of airports.

“Due to lack of any firm and explicit instructions/guidelines for naming/renaming of airports in the country and considering the convenience of passengers in general and especially foreign tourists who are not familiar with the local history of the area, a view has emerged to name the airports by the name of the city in which they are located/served and the terminals of the airports after eminent personalities in honour of their memory.

There will be no changes to existing airport names,” Sinha said.

Sinha also confirmed that the ministry has received proposals from Andhra Pradesh regarding renaming of the Vijayawada Airport and the Tirupati Airport. On this, he said, “Since a policy on naming /re-naming of airports is presently under deliberation in this ministry, it has emerged that all proposals for naming / re-naming of airports may await the finalization of the above policy.”
15/08/17 New Indian Express