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Call for Gatwick Airport to be renamed Croydon International

The Argus: Call for Gatwick Airport to be renamed Croydon International Call for Gatwick Airport to be renamed Croydon International

Could Gatwick Airport become Croydon International?

That is the plan of one London councillor who believes the airport should be named after the south London town.

Steve O’Connell, Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton, put forward the idea at the Greater London Assembly’s transport committee while backing a second runway at Gatwick.

He said: “Gatwick is 15 minutes from East Croydon, it is seen as a London airport and Croydon with the investment coming in 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 becomes the London airport of the south. Croydon is the economic powerhouse of the south, so it is Croydon International Airport.

“We are flying the idea up the flag- pole and we’ll see where it takes us.

“You go to cities where there are airports that aren’t in the town itself, they are just outside. There is New York Airport.

"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.”

Crawley Borough Council leader Bob Lanzer said he welcomed the suggestion but believed it would remove the history of both sites.

He added: “I think it detracts from the history of Croydon with its own background having the first airport.

“I would not want to take that away from them.

“And Gatwick has its own history being the first airport built with an integrated railway station.”

Coun Lanzer said he was also against a second runway, saying “one was enough”.

When asked whether the airport should be renamed Crawley International he added: “I would have to give it some thought but I am happy enough with it being called Gatwick.

“It will save a lot of effort and cost in changing all the systems and signs.”

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4:14pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

"We are flying the idea up the flag- pole and we’ll see where it takes us"? What sort of corporate buzz-talk is that rubbish?

Speak English man. Or maybe you can't.
"We are flying the idea up the flag- pole and we’ll see where it takes us"? What sort of corporate buzz-talk is that rubbish? Speak English man. Or maybe you can't. Crystal Ball
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4:15pm Fri 15 Feb 13

s_james says...

Would never happen
Would never happen s_james
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4:16pm Fri 15 Feb 13

brighton-breezy says...

Steve O’Connell, Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton sounds like he smokes too much weed and has too much time on his hands, this is possibly one of the most idiotic suggestions I have ever heard, It should remain being called at Gatwick due to its location ie on the site of the Gatwick Manor and NOT in Croydon!, the cost involved in renaming an airport would be horrendous and for no obvious gains. Steve, you need to get yourself a hobby!
Steve O’Connell, Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton sounds like he smokes too much weed and has too much time on his hands, this is possibly one of the most idiotic suggestions I have ever heard, It should remain being called at Gatwick due to its location ie on the site of the Gatwick Manor and NOT in Croydon!, the cost involved in renaming an airport would be horrendous and for no obvious gains. Steve, you need to get yourself a hobby! brighton-breezy
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4:18pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Ohnotagain ! says...

Really !! Get a life......
Really !! Get a life...... Ohnotagain !
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4:23pm Fri 15 Feb 13

qm says...

Croydon already had a airport and chose to close it, and if Steve O’Connell thinks he can get to East Croydon in 15 minutes presumably by road, I am sure the local Police would be extremely interested in witnessing any attempts.
LGW/EGKK is in Sussex, is called Gatwick and we like it that way!
If you want to increase your real estate Mr. O'Connell, start digging!
Croydon already had a airport and chose to close it, and if Steve O’Connell thinks he can get to East Croydon in 15 minutes presumably by road, I am sure the local Police would be extremely interested in witnessing any attempts. LGW/EGKK is in Sussex, is called Gatwick and we like it that way! If you want to increase your real estate Mr. O'Connell, start digging! qm
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4:25pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Mark the cab says...

Why don't we run Brighton & Hove as a name up the flag pole at least it's in Sussex
Why don't we run Brighton & Hove as a name up the flag pole at least it's in Sussex Mark the cab
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4:32pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Unbias says...

Pah, stupid idea....this IS Gatwick, Croydon airport should be in Croydon.

The Palace Pier will be renamed Brighton Pier before that would happen!.....oh yeah it has hasn't it.....that was a good move too wasn't it!
Pah, stupid idea....this IS Gatwick, Croydon airport should be in Croydon. The Palace Pier will be renamed Brighton Pier before that would happen!.....oh yeah it has hasn't it.....that was a good move too wasn't it! Unbias
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4:34pm Fri 15 Feb 13

qm says...

And yes, Stansted is known as London Stansted, and Gatwick is known as London Gatwick, hence the LGW ID.
Besides all that, London Croydon International still exists, its alongside the Purley way and some idiot has built a so called economic powerhouse all over it! Start digging Steve!
And yes, Stansted is known as London Stansted, and Gatwick is known as London Gatwick, hence the LGW ID. Besides all that, London Croydon International still exists, its alongside the Purley way and some idiot has built a so called economic powerhouse all over it! Start digging Steve! qm
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4:35pm Fri 15 Feb 13

medianscore says...

It would be more appropriate to call it Crawley International. Croydon?, I don't think so.
It would be more appropriate to call it Crawley International. Croydon?, I don't think so. medianscore
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4:48pm Fri 15 Feb 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air?
Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway?
Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House
Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air? Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway? Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House upsidedowntuctuc
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4:49pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Tammy Flugh says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
"We are flying the idea up the flag- pole and we’ll see where it takes us"? What sort of corporate buzz-talk is that rubbish?

Speak English man. Or maybe you can't.
Gus Hedges lives!
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: "We are flying the idea up the flag- pole and we’ll see where it takes us"? What sort of corporate buzz-talk is that rubbish? Speak English man. Or maybe you can't.[/p][/quote]Gus Hedges lives! Tammy Flugh
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4:49pm Fri 15 Feb 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

As Opposed to Brighton which is a Green S..t House!
As Opposed to Brighton which is a Green S..t House! upsidedowntuctuc
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5:02pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Spx says...

Gatwack!
Gatwack! Spx
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5:15pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Mart says...

Don't call it Croydon as that will only give the green light for some saarf london rude bois to burn it all down...
Don't call it Croydon as that will only give the green light for some saarf london rude bois to burn it all down... Mart
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5:24pm Fri 15 Feb 13

loftylad says...

Its as ridiculous as London Oxford, London Southend or the latest idea of changing the name of Lydd Airport (in the middle of nowhere) to London Ashford.
Its as ridiculous as London Oxford, London Southend or the latest idea of changing the name of Lydd Airport (in the middle of nowhere) to London Ashford. loftylad
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6:02pm Fri 15 Feb 13

vogon1 says...

Can you imagine going on holiday to somewhere exotic, say Bali, and then flying back to Croydon? What a come-down...
Can you imagine going on holiday to somewhere exotic, say Bali, and then flying back to Croydon? What a come-down... vogon1
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6:04pm Fri 15 Feb 13

peebee9 says...

Perhaps Croydon would like the 2nd runway?
Perhaps Croydon would like the 2nd runway? peebee9
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6:30pm Fri 15 Feb 13

8273661 says...

What is Brighton International's (aka Shoreham's) view on this?
What is Brighton International's (aka Shoreham's) view on this? 8273661
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6:41pm Fri 15 Feb 13

inadaptado says...

upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air?
Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway?
Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House
I think you've forgotten to take your medication.
[quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air? Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway? Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House[/p][/quote]I think you've forgotten to take your medication. inadaptado
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7:51pm Fri 15 Feb 13

lorrie1 says...

vogon1 wrote:
Can you imagine going on holiday to somewhere exotic, say Bali, and then flying back to Croydon? What a come-down...
Exactly! coming back from a lovely holiday to Croydon ,
Dont forget to lock up all your valubles if you ever want to see them again, you will probably get off the plane and have some yardy try to sell you some pot!
[quote][p][bold]vogon1[/bold] wrote: Can you imagine going on holiday to somewhere exotic, say Bali, and then flying back to Croydon? What a come-down...[/p][/quote]Exactly! coming back from a lovely holiday to Croydon , Dont forget to lock up all your valubles if you ever want to see them again, you will probably get off the plane and have some yardy try to sell you some pot! lorrie1
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8:25pm Fri 15 Feb 13

cvs says...

I notice that foreign cruise brochures name London as a destination when in fact the ship calls at Southampton. Poetic licence I guess.
I notice that foreign cruise brochures name London as a destination when in fact the ship calls at Southampton. Poetic licence I guess. cvs
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9:01pm Fri 15 Feb 13

bogs says...

Get Lost!
Get Lost! bogs
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10:09pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Dave At Home says...

Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again?
Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again? Dave At Home
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10:28pm Fri 15 Feb 13

SanFranciscoSeagull says...

Next thing you know they'll want to call it Crystal Palarse Airport, complete with citizen, non-citizen & **** zones...Dream on Councillor, It's London Gatwick, period.
Next thing you know they'll want to call it Crystal Palarse Airport, complete with citizen, non-citizen & **** zones...Dream on Councillor, It's London Gatwick, period. SanFranciscoSeagull
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10:28pm Fri 15 Feb 13

SanFranciscoSeagull says...

Next thing you know they'll want to call it Crystal Palarse Airport, complete with citizen, non-citizen & **** zones...Dream on Councillor, It's London Gatwick, period.
Next thing you know they'll want to call it Crystal Palarse Airport, complete with citizen, non-citizen & **** zones...Dream on Councillor, It's London Gatwick, period. SanFranciscoSeagull
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11:21pm Fri 15 Feb 13

qm says...

Dave At Home wrote:
Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again?
West Sussex actually
[quote][p][bold]Dave At Home[/bold] wrote: Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again?[/p][/quote]West Sussex actually qm
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11:23pm Fri 15 Feb 13

John Steed says...

the mans a fool
the mans a fool John Steed
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11:23pm Fri 15 Feb 13

qm says...

qm wrote:
Dave At Home wrote:
Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again?
West Sussex actually
And Heathrow is in Middlesex - Thames Valley Police
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave At Home[/bold] wrote: Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again?[/p][/quote]West Sussex actually[/p][/quote]And Heathrow is in Middlesex - Thames Valley Police qm
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11:25pm Fri 15 Feb 13

FatherTed11 says...

upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air?
Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway?
Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House
hahahahaha brilliant
[quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air? Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway? Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House[/p][/quote]hahahahaha brilliant FatherTed11
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12:15am Sat 16 Feb 13

leobrighton says...

This is why I won't buy the Argus. Even the mutterings of a distant bored councillor are inflicted on my time, life is too short to listen to such twaddle.
This is why I won't buy the Argus. Even the mutterings of a distant bored councillor are inflicted on my time, life is too short to listen to such twaddle. leobrighton
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2:12am Sat 16 Feb 13

MuammarQaddafi says...

Nothing wrong with London Gatwick, it's an accurate description from an international traveler's viewpoint. No reason to change it just because some coke-addled yuppie Councillor from Croydon can't summon up enough brainpower for a worthwhile issue.
Nothing wrong with London Gatwick, it's an accurate description from an international traveler's viewpoint. No reason to change it just because some coke-addled yuppie Councillor from Croydon can't summon up enough brainpower for a worthwhile issue. MuammarQaddafi
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4:11am Sat 16 Feb 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

I think this gentleman needs a flagpole inserted somewhere.
I think this gentleman needs a flagpole inserted somewhere. Old Ladys Gin
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7:45am Sat 16 Feb 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

inadaptado wrote:
upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air?
Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway?
Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House
I think you've forgotten to take your medication.
None left dealing with these Green idiots!
[quote][p][bold]inadaptado[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: Maybe it could be called Brighton International with Hot Air Balloons powered by KitKat and Davey's hot air? Only access by cycle and a 20MPH speed limit on the Runway? Think Crawley might have something to say on this Now there is an Economic Power House[/p][/quote]I think you've forgotten to take your medication.[/p][/quote]None left dealing with these Green idiots! upsidedowntuctuc
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8:14am Sat 16 Feb 13

sound_man says...

Dave At Home wrote:
Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again?
Gatwick is in Sussex. If you look on a county boundary map you'll see it is in Sussex. Just like Horley fire station. It's in West Sussex by about 3 meters and as a result fire and rescue services are provided by......west Sussex fire and rescue service.
[quote][p][bold]Dave At Home[/bold] wrote: Gatwick is in the Surrey countryside but as the Surrey cops have to police Heathrow (yes they share it with the Met) they agreed with the Sussex mob to realign the county boundary line so to burden Sussex with the costs. Now what county does Croydon lie in again?[/p][/quote]Gatwick is in Sussex. If you look on a county boundary map you'll see it is in Sussex. Just like Horley fire station. It's in West Sussex by about 3 meters and as a result fire and rescue services are provided by......west Sussex fire and rescue service. sound_man
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9:16am Sat 16 Feb 13

Sussex jim says...

As it is in Sussex, let's rename it Lewes International, after the dynamic and futuristic County town.
As it is in Sussex, let's rename it Lewes International, after the dynamic and futuristic County town. Sussex jim
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9:21am Sat 16 Feb 13

angrymonkey says...

He could work for the greens help deal with pink bikes for girls. Leave it as Gatwick do not name it after a dump stuck to london.
He could work for the greens help deal with pink bikes for girls. Leave it as Gatwick do not name it after a dump stuck to london. angrymonkey
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9:35am Sat 16 Feb 13

Cave Johnson says...

This MP is delusional. Firstly yes Gatwick is 15 minutes away from Croydon, BY TRAIN! By that reasoning Three Bridges or Hoerly is closer. Shall we call it Three Bridges International?

And there is no 'New York Airport'. There is JFK, La Guardia and Newark Intermational, all of which are in New York.
This MP is delusional. Firstly yes Gatwick is 15 minutes away from Croydon, BY TRAIN! By that reasoning Three Bridges or Hoerly is closer. Shall we call it Three Bridges International? And there is no 'New York Airport'. There is JFK, La Guardia and Newark Intermational, all of which are in New York. Cave Johnson
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9:46am Sat 16 Feb 13

gmgc81 says...

Steve O'Connell has just awarded himself the Biggest Douche in the Universe award for his absolutely stupid and dumb idea. Bob Lanzer is an idiot also for even welcoming the idea. It's called London Gatwick because it's in (surprise) Gatwick. Most people around the world know it as Gatwick and to be honest it's a classier name than Croydump!

Besides, Brighton's a minimum of 20 mins away. Why not just allow the airport to have a myriad of names based on where the train's going to(!)
Steve O'Connell has just awarded himself the Biggest Douche in the Universe award for his absolutely stupid and dumb idea. Bob Lanzer is an idiot also for even welcoming the idea. It's called London Gatwick because it's in (surprise) Gatwick. Most people around the world know it as Gatwick and to be honest it's a classier name than Croydump! Besides, Brighton's a minimum of 20 mins away. Why not just allow the airport to have a myriad of names based on where the train's going to(!) gmgc81
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9:47am Sat 16 Feb 13

NIMBY hater says...

qm wrote:
Croydon already had a airport and chose to close it, and if Steve O’Connell thinks he can get to East Croydon in 15 minutes presumably by road, I am sure the local Police would be extremely interested in witnessing any attempts.
LGW/EGKK is in Sussex, is called Gatwick and we like it that way!
If you want to increase your real estate Mr. O'Connell, start digging!
I would think that demolition is the only way to increase the real estate value in Croydon
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: Croydon already had a airport and chose to close it, and if Steve O’Connell thinks he can get to East Croydon in 15 minutes presumably by road, I am sure the local Police would be extremely interested in witnessing any attempts. LGW/EGKK is in Sussex, is called Gatwick and we like it that way! If you want to increase your real estate Mr. O'Connell, start digging![/p][/quote]I would think that demolition is the only way to increase the real estate value in Croydon NIMBY hater
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11:16am Sat 16 Feb 13

kennydoit says...

Perhaps Kitkat will call it Greater Brighton Airport....... then close it and replace it with a bike rack
Perhaps Kitkat will call it Greater Brighton Airport....... then close it and replace it with a bike rack kennydoit
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1:38pm Sat 16 Feb 13

clarkebrighton says...

Bloody Idiot.
Bloody Idiot. clarkebrighton
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2:56pm Sat 16 Feb 13

MiniCHRIS says...

Is it April fools day already?

Mr O Connell your high on something and if you want a 2nd Runway put it in your garden and not in mine..
Is it April fools day already? Mr O Connell your high on something and if you want a 2nd Runway put it in your garden and not in mine.. MiniCHRIS
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4:05pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Brighton Visitor says...

Croydon is in Surrey

Gatwick is Sussex.

Sheesh

Why not just rename Brighton and Hove as Brighton and be done with it?
Croydon is in Surrey Gatwick is Sussex. Sheesh Why not just rename Brighton and Hove as Brighton and be done with it? Brighton Visitor
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7:41pm Sat 16 Feb 13

micklin says...

Croydon was lit up like an airport not so long ago, o'connell go and do one
Croydon was lit up like an airport not so long ago, o'connell go and do one micklin
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