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The story behind the 3 letter airport code

Old Mar 19, 15, 8:18 am
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The story behind the 3 letter airport code

Ever wondered how your favorite airport got its 3 letter code?
Wonder no more: http://airportcod.es/#

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Old Mar 19, 15, 8:27 am
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Thanks for posting! For some strange reason I am totally obsessed with the codes.. My home airport is ORD and now I finally understand it!
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Old Mar 19, 15, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by gottaluvNW View Post
Ever wondered how your favorite airport got its 3 letter code?
Wonder no more: http://airportcod.es/#

Very nice artistically though the content is for the most part on the obvious side.
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Old Mar 19, 15, 8:58 am
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Still doesn't really explain Canada.
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Old Mar 19, 15, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by schwarm View Post
Still doesn't really explain Canada.
You want to know Y?
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Old Mar 19, 15, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by go_around View Post
Very nice artistically though the content is for the most part on the obvious side.
It does a good job explaining the semi-obvious, e.g. I learned EWR is because the Navy reserved all 3-letter codes starting with N, IAD was originally DIA but people misread as DCA.
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Old Mar 19, 15, 11:05 am
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For reference, see this interesting thread from a few years back:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...you-learn.html
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Old Mar 19, 15, 5:31 pm
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EYW, with ICAO prefix is KEYW (Key West)

RAP - Rapid City. With ICAO prefix is KRAP.
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Old Mar 20, 15, 1:25 am
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Originally Posted by Wilbur View Post
You want to know Y?
This question begged to be asked!

It is a nice site and I hope it becomes a mainstay, but it does indeed require more content crowdsourcing. For example, was "TGL" taken for Berlin Tegel by the small Papuan airport already when it applied for the code, or were there other reasons? And for Schoenefeld, with that many letters to choose from, why "SXF", wasn't there some reason for both to have the middle "X"?

BTW, I wonder where to put trivia suchas the fact that the Saddam Hussein International airport was not only renamed Baghdad International, but also had its IATA code changed from SDA to BGW. Interestingly, you can still "fly" to SDA, as the code was the allocated to the long-distance bus station in Saarbrucken, where Lufthansa "flies" in with their coaches from FRA. Some reservation systems still tell you you fly to Saddam Hussein when you book the connection
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Old Mar 20, 15, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by pilotalan View Post
EYW, with ICAO prefix is KEYW (Key West)

RAP - Rapid City. With ICAO prefix is KRAP.
The ICAO airport code for Niue is NIUE!
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Old Mar 20, 15, 3:12 am
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hmm

"isn't as clear" >
http://airportcod.es/#airport/yul
http://airportcod.es/#airport/yyz

and why bother including the obvious ones?
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Old Mar 20, 15, 9:42 am
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THE is Teresina, Brazil. Not sure where the "H" came from. Some of the codes are convoluted regardless from where they got their letters (e.g., first and third and fourth letters).
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Old Mar 20, 15, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by gottaluvNW View Post
Ever wondered how your favorite airport got its 3 letter code?
Wonder no more: http://airportcod.es/#

While the website in the OP is visually very nice and ipad friendly, I personally prefer this one:

http://www.skygod.com/asstd/abc.html

Nice story about how the codes came about + explanations about the wierd ones. Some of the obvious ones are also mentioned but in an explanatory context. Plus you also donīt have to click/touch for every code you want to know about.

Svantevit

Last edited by Svantevit; Mar 20, 15 at 1:18 pm Reason: Edited to explain a bit more
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Old Mar 20, 15, 12:49 pm
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MCI is not correct, I believe.

Mid Continent was Wichita.

The downtown airport was KCI, which kept the code, the new airport was MCI.
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Old Mar 21, 15, 11:13 pm
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I remember that from long ago.
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