What is the correct use of in and to/into

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TartanGiant

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Hello there,

This is my first post, and my first question - I hope you can help.

I am having a bit of a grammatical argument with somebody about this sentance.

Heathrow has spent more than £100m on new facilities to accommodate the A380, which will be flying in to Terminal 3.

The argument is about the use of the words "in" and "to", and whether they should be joined to read "into" ............ OR indeed the sentance reconstructed to avoid the possibility of a reader thinking the aircraft is actualy going to FLY right into this Terminal, instead of what we all know, it will be parking OUTSIDE the terminal.

My contention is the aircraft flies to Heathrow, thereafter it does not fly, but taxies to the terminal and parks outside.............. it will NOT in fact be "flying in to Terminal 3" !

Are the words used in the original sentance correct use of grammar, or should the word be "into"?

Many thanks,

TG
 

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Airlines fly "into" terminals. It is an expression that mean that company's airlines uses that airport. They also fly out. That means that particular airline has planes that fly from that airport, or even that the airline company has its base at that particular airport.

Examples:

Northwest flies into Detroit.

Southwest flies out of Atlanta.

It has nothing to do with the prepostions "in" and "into"

The expressions are travel industry "buzzwords."
 

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hi,
this question is very interesting.
so, would it be right to ask the commissioner "what terminal are we flying into" or "when are we flying into the terminal"?
for several times, after flying very long trips, I got stuck in the tarmac for many hours waiting for a free terminal to "fly into".
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When you fly into an airport but get "stuck" on the tarmac due to a delay, you are waiting to "land" or "arrive" at the gate.
 

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Many thanks for your replies.

I am most obliged.

TG
 
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