10 Unconventional Airport Names

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Most airport names are generic and easy to guess – the name of a city with “International Airport” attached to the end of it. Some examples include San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Rochester International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, and so on. We also have airports dedicated to certain individuals, such as John F. Kennedy International Airport (previously New York International Airport) and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

But here’s our list of 10 unconventional and funny airport names recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA):

Batman Airport (BAL), Turkey

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/6005372/The-worlds-silliest-airport-names.html

Batman Airport serves the city of Batman in Turkey, so it wasn’t randomly given that name. Although it follows the typical and unoriginal {City + “International Airport”} scheme, it’s still a top favorite among travelers.

Mafia Airport (MFA), Tanzania

http://www.buzzpokerblog.com/live-updates/mafia-the-ultimate-bluffing-game/

Scary? Named after Mafia Island in Tanzania, the airport has nothing to do with Michael Corleone from The Godfather.

Moron Airport (MXV), Mongolia

http://www.anna.aero/2009/06/26/new-routes-launched-during-saturday-20-june-friday-26-june/

This isn’t where “morons” are flown to. There are actually two other airports named “Moron” in Spain and Argentina. All three serve cities named “Moron”.

Asbestos Hill Airport (YAF), Canada

http://www.greenerideal.com/building/8768-building/8702-building-green-reducing-health-risks/

For those who are entering Asbestos Hill, Canada, there’s no need for face masks. They’re not being exposed to asbestos or stepping into a land of toxicity.

Wee Waa Airport (WEW), Australia

Wee Waa

What did you say? Wee Waa is a town located on the northwestern slopes of Australia.

Rifle Airport (IRD), United States

Rifle Airport

You may not carry your rifles on board planes at Rifle Airport, located in the epicenter of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain and Red Desert recreational activities.

Useless Loop Airport (USL), AustraliaUseless loop at Shark Bay_Australia

Useless Loop is a town in Western Australia. Don’t worry, airplanes aren’t flying in circles before landing or after taking off.

Robin Hood Airport (DSA), United Kingdom

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/nov/21/thames-estuary-airport-name-boris-johnson

Before passengers proceed with adventures onboard  their flights, all swords, bows and arrows, knives, and daggers will have to be checked in at Robin Hood Airport.

Alert Airport (YLT), Canada

http://www.tripcentral.ca/blog/most-remote-places-on-earth/

As if the risk of flying doesn’t frighten people enough, I wonder if the name of this airport brings even more anxiety to some people. Alert is the northernmost inhabited city in the world.

Slave Lake Airport (YZH), Canada

Slave Lake Airport

After reading the name, are you thinking twice before going there? Slave Lake Airport is named after the town of Slave Lake located in Alberta, Canada.

What are your favorites?

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