Most International airports are named after political people like presidents or kings: Washington DC’s Ronald Reagan and John Foster Dulles Airports or King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. But some of my favorites are named after musicians, artists and the like.
There is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Airport of Salzburg, Austria, Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, Budapest’s international airport named for composer Franz Liszt—and let us not forget John Lennon Airport, Liverpool, U.K.
Very occasionally an airport is named for an artist; Rome has Leonardo da Vinci airport.
Not all the good names are in Europe. In New Orleans, there is Louis Armstrong International Airport, Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City, named for the vaudeville rope twirler, movie actor and internationally famous humorist. A Baltimore-Washington International airport was named for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Some airports are named after historical people. At opposite ends of the world are Venice’s Marco Polo airport and Mongolia’s Genghis Khan International Airport.
A few airports have been named for women; there is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, India, Amelia Earhart Airport, Atchison, Kansas and in Albania, the Tirana Airport, named for Mother Teresa.
My personal favorite is Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, a very small field in Santa Rosa, CA, named for the creator of the cartoon Peanuts. The airport’s logo is Snoopy in his pilot’s helmet.