Lisbon International Airport has been renamed "Humberto Delgado Airport." The move is to honor a notable figure of 20th century political history who played a vital role in Portuguese aviation.
The name change marks the 51st anniversary Humberto Delgado's death on February 13, 1965.
Humberto da Silva Delgado was a General of the Portuguese Air Force. As director general of the Secretariat of Civil Aeronautics, Humberto Delgado also presided over the founding of the TAP.
Delgado stood as an opposition candidate in 1958 against the regime's Américo Tomás in the election for President of the Republic. Delgado said to have gotten only 25% of the votes, but it is now believed that Delgado actually won the election but only lost due to massive election fraud.
Lisbon airport is the main gateway to Portugal, and one of the largest airports in Southern Europe.