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Airports sometimes change their name

Submitted by Visit Plus on Sun, 05/05/2019 - 11:47

What is the name of the airport you arrive at? Do not rush to answer. The name of the airport could change, or the airport could get a second name. For example, many Spain airports have decided to change their name recently. Many airports in Russia may change their name soon too.

Many airports in Spain have changed their name in memory of historical figures, famous people or place names. For example, the airport of the city of Malaga received the Costa del Sol addition to the name, showing proximity to a popular resort region. Barcelona-El Prat Airport get an addition to the name Josep Tarradellas (in honor of the famous Spanish politician).


  • The start of the renaming series was given by the airport of Granada, which in 2006 received the name of the poet Federico Garcia Lorca (IATA: GRX).
  • Malaga Airport was renamed in 2011 (Malaga-Costa del Sol, IATA: AGP).
  • Alicante Airport was renamed Alicante-Elche Airport on July 12, 2013.
  • Madrid Airport received a new name for the airport - Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez (El Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, IATA: MAD) in 2014.
  • Santander Airport was named Aeropuerto Seve Ballesteros-Santander in 2015.
  • Lanzarote Airport (located on the Canary Islands, also known as Arrecife Airport) was named El Aeropuerto César Manrique Lanzarote (IATA: ACE).
  • Barcelona Airport (Barcelona-El Prat, IATA: BCN) became known as Aeropuerto Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat in 2019.
  • Los Rodeos Airport (IATA: TFN), which is located on the island of Tenerife, renamed to Tenerife Norte-Ciudad de La Laguna
  • Murcia International Airport will be renamed Aeropuerto Internacional de la Región de Murcia - Juan de la Cierva (IATA: RMU).
  • Airport Zaragoza (IATA: ZAZ) may be called Airport Francisco de Goya.

There are about 50 international airports in Spain, and some of them may have several names. You can meet both old names and new ones. Be careful when buying air tickets and ordering a transfer (taxi).

Many airports have also been renamed in Russia.
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