Melbourne, as you could have learn this week, will quickly be the brand new Orlando. 

From 2022, Tui is planning to “do a Ryanair”: assign the title of an enormous metropolis to a small airport. Britain’s largest vacation firm will function all its Florida flights from the UK to “Orlando Melbourne Worldwide Airport”.

Passengers will contact down at an airport greater than 70 miles by street from town it’s presupposed to serve; 80 miles from Walt Disney World; and 9,745 miles from Melbourne, Australia.

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The crafty plan opens an entire new seam within the potential for mistaken identification.

Travellers reserving on-line are generally so thrilled to see an obvious discount that they overlook the truth that the origin or vacation spot is regrettably within the mistaken nation. Fran tweets: “I’ve pals who booked a ‘discount’ flight from Birmingham to Las Vegas.

“Birmingham, Alabama, sadly.”

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That midnight aircraft to Georgetown, warns Steven, could possibly be going to the capital of Guyana or the Caymans; the one clue is that the latter is styled George City.

No shock to see that Tehran is confused with Tirana, however “The Nice Sarcasmo” additionally tweets that Lviv in western Ukraine is typically muddled with Tel Aviv in Israel.

Neil McLoram’s nomination could also be stretching the reality just a bit. He writes: “There was once a little bit of confusion with Faroe Islands and Faro, Portugal awhile again.

“At all times somebody in departure lounge for Atlantic Airways flight to Torshavn trying quite optimistic of their sun shades and flip-flops.”

Maria Fileva nominates two japanese European capitals: “Bucharest and Budapest. Occurs far more usually than it ought to.”

More often than not utilizing a journey agent will insulate you towards issues. However not at all times. Each the Colombian model of Cartagena and the unique in Spain are stunning port cities, however if you’re working as a Service provider Navy navigator it helps to reach on the appropriate one.

Damian Dixon had such a colleague who was inadvertently dispatched to South America quite than southeast Spain after an agent’s navigational error.

Hurly Hawkin is reminded “of the time {that a} man in main UK telecom firm phoned the newly appointed ‘Journey Group’ and requested for a return ticket to Oban.

“It goes with out saying he was stunned, and dare I say delighted to obtain a ticket to Oman.”

And Lucy Hughes remembers her days at journey agent Lunn Poly when a colleague was requested to kind out a ticket to St Petersburg in Florida.

“Sure, you’ve guessed the place the flight was booked for,” she writes.

“Journey agent final seen crying on the bus on the way in which dwelling.”

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If solely Russia’s second metropolis had caught with Leningrad – as its airport has, with the code LED.

However don’t anticipate an excessive amount of assist from three-letter airport codes elsewhere. Adam Woodgate reviews: “A very long time in the past, within the days once they used to write down the three-letter airport code, my dad was happening enterprise to Los Angeles (LAX) however his bag obtained tagged to Lagos (LOS).”

Anybody going to Goa who sees their baggage labelled GOA is in for a shock once they land at GOI airport in India and study their valuable possessions are in Genoa, Italy.

Award for many area of interest British Isles potential identification disaster certainly goes to Rachel Hair, who presents Ronaldsay airport on Orkney and Ronaldsway airport on Isle of Man.

Second prize in The Highest Variety of A number of Identities stakes goes to the employees at Corona Holidays. They provide three contenders among the many Spanish island contenders: La Palma, a small and wonderful Canary island; Las Palmas, largest metropolis within the Canaries; and Palma (ditto, the Balearics). And you can even throw in an Italian (mis-) connection, within the good-looking form of Parma.

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Jonny Kyle wins the title, although, chips in with The Metropolis With Most A number of Identities. Step ahead Santiago in Chile. Or Spain. Or the Dominican Republic (itself to not be confused with Dominica). Or Cape Verde. And even Colombia, the place the official title of the massive southern metropolis is Santiago de Cali.

The Latin behavior of naming locations after saints affords huge scope for confusion. San Jose in Costa Rica is of comparable dimension and stature as its namesake in California. Every is served by British Airways, and each are within the Americas – the place there are different San Joses in each Spanish-speaking nations from Mexico to Argentina.

Have you learnt the way in which to San Jose? Actually?