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Airports named after famous people, from aviators and artists to footballers … and a Mr O’Hare

From crime-fighting judges and the James Bond author to presidents, explorers, and a Beatle, airports across the planet have been named in honour of the great and the good

Airports named after famous people, from aviators and artists to footballers … and a Mr O’Hare

Naming airports after national heroes and illustrious residents is all the rage, but next time you rush through a terminal building, pause to ponder how anyone got to be so famous that they had an entire airport dedicated to their achieve­ments.

New York’s JFK needs no explanation, but why did the operators of the airport in Palermo, Sicily, choose to immortalise Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino?
And who, exactly, was O’Hare?

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