A city always begins with one airport, usually located outside the city limits to allow the city some space to grow, but still close enough so that the trip to the airport can be completed in under half-an-hour or so. Then as the city grows the volume of air traffic starts increasing and it becomes necessary to construct a second or third airport. But by then the city has grown beyond anything that anybody had ever imagined. The primary airport that was originally 30 minutes away from the city center is now engulfed by the new city. Any new airports would now have to be constructed further away from the city because there is no longer room left.
Many budget airlines use these secondary airports because of lower operational costs compared to more central airports, which is totally fair, as it keeps the fare cheap. But things get offensive when airliners start advertising flights to a destination but land at airports that are hundreds of kilometers away from it. Jetstar Asia attempted to pull such a trick in 2011 by announcing cheap flights from Singapore to Shanghai, but instead landing at Hangzhou which is nearly 200 km away. The flight appears to have been cancelled, but there are plenty of such flights still operational, and even airports, with misleading names. Here are some of the worst offenders.
A Ryanair flight stands on the tarmac of the Memmingen airport, located 110 km from Munich. Photo creditRead more »
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