Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tongue twister names?

Neelam Mathews
April 10, 2012

One had barely got used to the new tongue twister names of Bengaluru and Thiruvanthapuram, and now Bangalore International Airport will soon be getting a name "to reflect the aspirations of the local populace," says a daily.

The airport will be named after Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore, or shall we say Bengaluru?. The approval for change has come even as the city celebrates the 502nd birth anniversary of its founder.

The ICAO code of KEM  (now for a short and sweet history lesson) - belongs to Kemi (Northern Sami: Giepma), airport, a town and municipality of Finland. It is located very near the city of Tornio. It was founded in 1869 by royal decree, because of its proximity to a deep water harbour.

So for the moment Kempegowda airport will have the code of BLR. Mumbai airport has the code BOM! We really should stick to names we are familiar with!

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