Rename Gatwick airport Croydon International, urges politician

Gatwick Airport - and the future Croydon International?

Councillor Steve O'Connell

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Gatwick Airport should be renamed Croydon International, a politician has suggested.

Councillor Steve O'Connell, the borough's London Assembly member, urged rebranding coupled with expansion to see the airport reborn with closer links to the "economic powerhouse" of south London.

He said he had discussed the idea with Stewart Wingate, Gatwick's chief executive. 

Mr O'Connell, Croydon Council's cabinet member for finance, said: "Gatwick is 15 minutes from East Croydon, it is seen as a London airport and with the investment coming in to Croydon it is fast becoming the economic powerhouse of the south.

"So it would make sense to me to make even more of a closer alignment between greater Croydon and Gatwick, build a new runway – probably after 2020 – and then align it with Croydon.

“It then becomes the London airport of the south – Croydon is the economic powerhouse of the south, so it is Croydon International Airport.

"Gatwick will need an overhaul and I think there will be time for it to be reborn as Croydon International Airport."

Mr O'Connell acknowledged the name change could sound "silly" and said he had yet to canvass support for the idea.

But he added: "You go to cities where there are airports that aren’t in the town itself, they are just outside.

"So it doesn’t have to be slap-bang in the middle of London to be a London Airport. Stansted is London Stansted so let’s have London Croydon.

“We are flying the idea up the flagpole and we’ll see where it takes us."

The Kenley councillor said Mr Wingate had been noncommital on the idea of changing Gatwick's name.

Mr O'Connell said: “He was pleased to hear that somebody was supporting the idea of a Gatwick expansion. He wouldn’t dream of commenting on the name change."

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7:14pm Wed 13 Feb 13

steve__t says...

Politics and a basic knowledge of geography have never mixed. Redhill, Reigate and Crawley all have more of a claim.
Politics and a basic knowledge of geography have never mixed. Redhill, Reigate and Crawley all have more of a claim. steve__t
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9:01pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Junfan Mantovani says...

Really?

Why not just go the whole hog and call it Thornton heath crash site or something.....honest
ly..
Really? Why not just go the whole hog and call it Thornton heath crash site or something.....honest ly.. Junfan Mantovani
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12:00am Thu 14 Feb 13

Princess Ariel says...

No, no, no no no!
Just NO!!!
No, no, no no no! Just NO!!! Princess Ariel
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10:28am Thu 14 Feb 13

ANNE MILES says...

Ridiculous suggestion. Enough people have been scared away from visiting Croydon because of the riots and crime in the area. We now use Bromley Glades or Sutton for our big shop. Please do not suggest silly things that will do more harm to Croydon than already exsists.
Ridiculous suggestion. Enough people have been scared away from visiting Croydon because of the riots and crime in the area. We now use Bromley Glades or Sutton for our big shop. Please do not suggest silly things that will do more harm to Croydon than already exsists. ANNE MILES
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3:44pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Daniel Dunican says...

Stuipd idea tts not even in Croydon how can you name it that. its in Gatwick hence why its already called Gatwick Airport.
Stuipd idea tts not even in Croydon how can you name it that. its in Gatwick hence why its already called Gatwick Airport. Daniel Dunican
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9:45am Fri 15 Feb 13

ALAN HUTCHINGS says...

WHY! Are there not more important things to spend money on in these financially difficult times. Gatwick Airport has been known as Gatwick as long as I can remember and to change it is stupid and would make for confussion. It's the same as changing the names of schools just so they sound better. I find the thinking of these people who suggest these sort of changes quite worrying. Come back down to earth please.
WHY! Are there not more important things to spend money on in these financially difficult times. Gatwick Airport has been known as Gatwick as long as I can remember and to change it is stupid and would make for confussion. It's the same as changing the names of schools just so they sound better. I find the thinking of these people who suggest these sort of changes quite worrying. Come back down to earth please. ALAN HUTCHINGS
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