A few days ago, Leonard was invited to attend a ceremony held in the principality of Monaco, to celebrate the birth of a new member of the sovereign family. Now standing in the middle of a busy airport hall, blinking as his eyes scan the departures board, he suddenly finds himself stunned, in disbelief.
He had explored the different options to get there and eventually booked a flight to Nice (France), an hour and twenty five minutes long, followed by a 6 minute helicopter flight - because that's how you go and meet the prince of Monaco. Yet, on the departures board right now is displayed a direct flight to Monaco - an option that he had not found to be possible - taking just ten minutes short of two hours.

In what airport does Leonard find himself right now?

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    $\begingroup$ are the times correct? 1:25 + 0:06 as opposed to 1:50? the difference doesn't seem that drastic rot13(naq pbhyq cbffvoyl or rkcynvarq ol n fznyyre, yrff cbjreshy cynar) $\endgroup$
    – SteveV
    Sep 3, 2019 at 22:56
  • $\begingroup$ @SteveV Yes they are - it's a small scar. The difference cannot possibly come from what you say. $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2019 at 7:08
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe a geography tag? $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2019 at 10:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor Done. Maybe now that the answer was found I could add a rot13(ynathntr) tag as well? $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2019 at 11:03
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnaudMortier Probably best not to add such a big hint to the question after it's solved. Let it stand in the way that it was found and solved. $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2019 at 11:08

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I think Leonard finds himself in:

Naples, Italy.


A 1:25 flight to the French city of Nice.
It is also a +/- 2 hours flight away from Munich, Germany.
The Italian name of Munich is Monaco. And since he is in an Italian airport, the Italian name is displayed.

On the suggestion in the comments:

The difference in travel times cannot be explained by a slightly different flight path, different plane, etc. because Monaco doesn't have an airport.

I hope Leonard stuck with his original plan to go to Nice first, or he would have had a nasty surprise...
This reminds me of a recent news story of a guy Travelling to Rotherham, UK and ending up in Rotterdam, Netherlands link

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    $\begingroup$ That's it! Green tick on its way. Perhaps you could also explain why @SteveV 's idea in the comment above couldn't possibly be right? $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2019 at 10:59
  • $\begingroup$ After edit: excellent answer, nailed it! $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2019 at 12:06

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