Malta Airport ‘should be named after Dom Mintoff’

Social media has gone into meltdown after calls for Malta Airport to be named after Dom Mintoff.

Malta’s former tourism minister, Reno Calleja, made the suggestion in an article in the l-Orizzont newspaper.

He served in the former prime minister’s cabinet in the 1980s.

Mr Calleja argued that several other controversial politicians who had airports named after them, including John F. Kennedy in New York and Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

Liverpool’s airport was renamed after John Lennon of The Beatles in 2001.

Portugal’s Madiera Airport was official rebranded as Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in 2017 as a tribute to the football star.

Mr Mintoff was prime minister of Malta from 1955 and 1958, and again between 1971 and 1984.

The current Malta International Airport was opened in Gudja in 1992 by then-prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami.

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