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Base for the flying squad (7)


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'base for' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe there's an association between them I don't understand?

'flying squad' is the wordplay.
'flying' becomes 'air' (similar in meaning).
'squad' becomes 'port' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

'the' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for airport that I've seen before include "Aerodrome" , "Fliers' terminus" , "landing here?" , "Heathrow or similar place" , "where flight begins or ends" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish News.
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