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The Other Orlando Airport Has to Change Its Name

Florida had 2 with the name, but Melbourne operation must tweak for clarity
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2021 12:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – After years of fighting and litigation over who can include “Orlando” in the name of their central Florida airport, Orlando International Airport officials and Orlando Melbourne International Airport officials have tentatively agreed that the latter will tweak its name to Melbourne Orlando International Airport, per the AP. The Melbourne Airport Authority announced the Space Coast airport's new name Friday. The newly renamed Melbourne Orlando International Airport is about 70 miles southeast of Orlando International Airport, which is the busiest airport in Florida.

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The Melbourne International Airport began operations in 1928 and changed its name in 2015 to Orlando Melbourne International Airport in an effort to attract more travelers. Officials with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which operates the Orlando International Airport, took issue with the new name of the Orlando Melbourne International Airport and eventually filed a federal lawsuit in 2019. The lawsuit claimed the Orlando Melbourne International Airport was misleading passengers into believing they were going to the theme park mecca in the middle of the state instead of Florida's Atlantic coast.

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