During the development lifecycle, we may decide on a name for a table and later want to rename it based on the usage of the table.
Let's assume that there is a TABLE with name TransportType and the new name has been identified as TransportTypes (observe the extra "s" in the name), it is tedious to create a new table, copy all the records and delete the old table.
MySQL has a one step process to rename tables.
RENAME TABLE oldTableName TO newTableName
Following our example, it would look like:
RENAME TABLE TransportType to TransportTypes