Renewed call for airport to be renamed after Earhart

Local Actress, Amanda Doherty, at the launch of the programme for the Earhart Festival. (1105SL02) Photo: Stephen Latimer

Local Actress, Amanda Doherty, at the launch of the programme for the Earhart Festival. (1105SL02) Photo: Stephen Latimer

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A renewed call has been made to have City of Derry Airport renamed to commemorate the city’s historic links to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Sinn Féin councillor Elisha McCallion brought the proposal before Derry City Council last year but it was rejected by the SDLP and the unionist parties.

Now Colr. McCallion has made a fresh call to have the Council-owned facility renamed following the renewed interest generated as a result of the anniversary this month of Ms Earhart’s record-breaking transatlantic flight.

Colr. McCallion said: “The rationale behind last year’s proposal was to maximise tourism potential by adding an additional dimension to the marketing of the region while the focus of tour operators is on Derry during to City of Culture 2013.

“With the city now already a quarter of the way through its year of Culture I feel that we should not let this opportunity slip and there’s a need to revisit the issue of the name of the airport and begin to look at fully maximising the Earhart brand as a tourist product that could sell our city.

“As a city we need to be constantly updating, refreshing and grasping every opportunity that presents itself to increase our tourist product. We can’t afford to sit still and be left behind. It’s important that we grasp this opportunity.”