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    (the?) Oklahoma City Airport

    I drove to the Oklahoma City Airport to board my flight.

    Is the article necessary before the proper name of the airport?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: (the?) Oklahoma City Airport

    Not really, but it could be used to specifically identify a particular airport.

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    Re: (the?) Oklahoma City Airport

    When the airport has a name, like "LaGuardia" or "Heathrow" then you don't use "the."
    When the airport is identified by the city, use "the."

    It takes the same amount of time to get to National [name of airport] as it does the Baltimore aiport [if it has a name, I don't know what it is], but it's cheaper to fly to Baltimore. I would not capitalize the A unless I knew for sure the name of the airport was "Baltimore Airport."
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    Re: (the?) Oklahoma City Airport

    In the UK, many airports are just named after the city or region they are in. I can't think of any situation where I would use "the" before an airport's name, if the construction were "Name/Town/City/Region + Airport".

    If I did not know the name at all I would refer to it as "the airport in Manchester/Liverpool/Devon".

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    Re: (the?) Oklahoma City Airport

    So you wouldn't say "It's about a two-hour drive to the Manchester airport, so we need to leave no later than 3."?
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    Re: (the?) Oklahoma City Airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    So you wouldn't say "It's about a two-hour drive to the Manchester airport, so we need to leave no later than 3."?
    No. I happen to know that it's actually called "Manchester Airport" so I would use "It's a two-hour drive to Manchester Airport ..." but if I didn't know the name I would say "It's a two-hour drive to the airport in Manchester ..."

    I think the main difference might be that in the UK we only have a limited number of airports and most people know the name of most of them. The five main airports in England (Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, Manchester) are well-known to most of the population and almost everyone would know the name of their nearest airport. I'm probably at a slight advantage because I worked at Gatwick Airport for 15 years, dealing with many other airports so I know most of the names. Apart from Gatwick and Heathrow, almost all of them are actually named after the town they're in or closest to. Some have an additional name, such as "Liverpool John Lennon Airport" but if you said "Liverpool Airport" no-one would be confused.

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