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Do we really need UK Airport trivia? Surely life is too short.

Well think again. You never know just when you will need to pluck a piece of seemingly useless information from your brain and use it to win a pub quiz, or maybe even to impress your friends whilst you are watching Eggheads. Or maybe you are sat in an airport right now trying to busy yourself until your flight is called and this quiz will occupy you for at least 5 minutes.

Anyway, enough of the hard sell. Give it a go.

UK Airport Trivia quiz - quiz 1

 

Q1. What has Liverpool Airport been known as since 2002?

HINT
You have a one in 4 chance of choosing the right name. Think 1960's.
ANSWER
Since 2002 Liverpool Airport has been know as Liverpool John Lennon Airport. A 7ft statue of Mr Lennon stands in the check in hall.

 

Q2. Staying with Liverpool - the airport's motto is painted on the roof of the airport. What are the 4 words?

HINT
The words come from the song 'Imagine' by the aforementioned Beatle
ANSWER
'Above us only sky'. Thankfully they didn't choose the line ' Imagine there's no countries' as this would have created a logistical nightmare for most of the airlines if it were true.

 

Q3. Which airport was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2012?

HINT
It's in Scotland, have a guess.
ANSWER

Well it had to be either Edinburgh or Glasgow and the answer is.....

Edinburgh Airport. It handled just under 9.2 million passengers in 2012.

The airport was originally called Turnhouse Aerodrome and used by the Royal Flying Corps in WWI. It was the most northerly British air defence base in the conflict.

 

Q4. Which county is Gatwick Airport in?

HINT
The County Town is Chichester.
ANSWER
Gatwick Airport is located in West Sussex.

 

Q5. Which horse race was run on the present day site of Gatwick Airport in 1916, 1917 and 1918?

HINT
The race is a National Hunt Race and is a steeplechase.
ANSWER
The Grand National. During WWI Aintree, the usual home of the Grand National was taken over by the War Office. The race was held on the then disused Gatwick Racecourse. The land is now occupied by the airport. However the race is not always recognised as being a true Grand National and was known as Racecourse Association Steeplechase in 1916 and in 1917 and 1918 it was called the War National Steeplechase.

 

 

 

Q6. Which Airport is considered to be the only piece of UK territory that Elvis Presley ever set foot on?

HINT
It is in Scotland
ANSWER
Glasgow Prestwick Airport which is Glasgow's second airport saw Elvis arrive on March 3rd 1960, when the US Army transport plane that was carrying him, stopped to refuel. Apparently the flight experienced a lot of turbulence and the King of Rock and Roll arrived all shook up. The claim that this is the only place has now been disputed as it is alleged that he was shown around London by Tommy Steele in 1958, however there is no evidence to prove that this is factually correct, other than confirmation by Tommy Steele. On the other hand there is photographic evidence to show Elvis at Prestwick. There is a lounge bearing Elvis' name at the airport. .

 

Q7. During WWII which city had the only civil airport still operating in the UK?

HINT
It is in the SW of England
ANSWER
Bristol. The AIrport in Bristol, known as Whitchurch Airport in the 1940's was the only civil airport still in operation in the UK during the Second World War. This meant that all flights that were usually bound for London, terminated at Bristol.

 

Q.8. Which world leader visited Coventry Airport on 30 May 1982 as part of a six day visit to Britain?

HINT
He lived in a territory that has a population of just over 800.
ANSWER
Pope John Paul II arrived in a helicopter at 10am and left at 3.15pm. Although the people of Coventry should feel honoured by this visit, the Pope did also visit 128 other countries during his reign, making him one of the most traveled world leaders in history.

 

Q.9. The BAA claim that Heathrow is the world's busiest international airport. However in 2011 it actually ranked 3rd-busiest by total passenger traffic. Which airports ranked 1 and 2?

HINT
One is in North America and one is in Asia.
ANSWER
1.Atlanta and 2.Beijing. Heathrow does have the largest number of international travelers and is the busiest airport in Europe.

 

Q.10. Which UK airport is an anagram of 'Important research'?

HINT
It is the UK's 3rd busiest airport.
ANSWER
Manchester Airport is an anagram of 'important research'. Nearby, the University of Manchester boasts 25 Nobel Laureates among current and former staff and students. It has recently concluded a study into parasitic worms that could lead to therapies for up to one billion people.

 

Bonus Activity - Just to take up a bit more of your time - can you make an interesting anagram of Stansted Airport using all of its letters?

HINT
The answer is transport related and would not be good for the airport marketing team.
ANSWER
Departs to trains. Maybe it is the reason that they added the word 'London' to the airport name.

 




We hope that you have enjoyed the Airport Trivia Quiz. Now get studying, part two is on the way...