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Airport Iata Code As An Acronym  
User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1209 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5348 times:

Other than JFK and CDG, are there airports whose IATA code are acronyms from people's or city's/town's names?

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User currently offlineJetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

BWI = Baltimore/Washington International
MIA = Miami International Airport



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5334 times:

PHF = Patrick Henry Field
FAT = Fresno Air Terminal
KGPI = Glacier Park International / FCA = Flathead County Airport
SLC = Salt Lake City
MSP = Minneapolis / St. Paul
MBS = Midland / Bay City / Saginaw



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5329 times:



Quoting Afterburner (Thread starter):
city's/town's names?

Most IATA-codes are derived from the City's name they serve. Way too many to list ...
-HT



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5317 times:

FMO=Flughafen Münster Osnabruck


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User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1209 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5296 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 3):
Most IATA-codes are derived from the City's name they serve.

I know that. What I need is exact acronyms, like JetBlast, Goldenshield, and JRadier have given above.
Some other:
EMA = East Midlands Airport
LBA = Leeds Bradford Airport

Any other IATA codes from people's names?


User currently offlineDanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 5277 times:

ABE = Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Airport, PA
DFW = Dallas Fort Worth, TX
PDK = Peachtree / DeKalb, GA
MCO = Orlando, FL (named after Col. McCoy)
IAH = International Airport Houston?
IAD = International Airport Dulles?
SJC = San Jose, California
TIW = Tacoma Industrial Washington


User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 5271 times:



Quoting DanVS (Reply 6):
PDK = Peachtree / DeKalb, GA
MCO = Orlando, FL (named after Col. McCoy)

I disagree with those. McCoy is not an acronym, and the DK in PDK in only 1 word.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 5265 times:
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Here we go again.

JFK and CDG are not acronyms, they are abbreviations.

An acronym is a word that is made from letters shortening a longer term. A word, meaning you can say it as a word, not each letter individually, eg jay eff kay.

EICAS, FLIR, modem and IATA are examples of acronyms.



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User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1209 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 5255 times:



Quoting Andz (Reply 8):
An acronym is a word that is made from letters shortening a longer term. A word, meaning you can say it as a word, not each letter individually, eg jay eff kay.

Thank you for the information.  Smile


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24817 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 5247 times:



Quoting JetBlast (Reply 1):
BWI = Baltimore/Washington International
MIA = Miami International Airport

I''m quite sure the MIA code originates from the first 3 letters of "Miami", not from Miami International Airport. Many IATA codes do use the first 3 letters of the city's name, e.g. SEA, DEN, STL, SAN, BOS, FRA, HAM, DUS, SYD, MEL, PER, DEL, MAN and dozens of others. Also many metropolitan area codes like LON, PAR, ROM, CHI, WAS, RIO, BUE etc.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 5236 times:

Would TRI fall into this category ?


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User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

Im a little confuzzled although would LHR go? London-Heath...Row... ;D


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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

IOM (Isle of Man) was the first one to pop into my head.


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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2589 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5153 times:



Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 13):
IOM (Isle of Man) was the first one to pop into my head.

Beat me to it. First one I thought of, too!


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7402 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5151 times:



Quoting Afterburner (Thread starter):
are there airports whose IATA code are acronyms from people's

IKA = Imam Khomeiny Airport

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
I''m quite sure the MIA code originates from the first 3 letters of "Miami", not from Miami International Airport. Many IATA codes do use the first 3 letters of the city's name, e.g. SEA, DEN, STL, SAN, BOS, FRA, HAM, DUS, SYD, MEL, PER, DEL, MAN and dozens of others.

Actually, most of the airport codes throughout the world comes from the city's name they serve : BEY, ALG, SIN, MEX, MAD, BUD, DAM, IST, TUN, CAI, BRU, SOF, OUA, ATH, etc ...

Specific airport codes started to be given when several airports begun to be used to serve the same city :

LON ---> (LHR, LGW, LTN, STN)
PAR ---> (LBG, ORY, CDG)
NYC ---> (JFK, LGA, EWR)
SAO ---> (GRU, CGH, VCP)
RIO ---> (GIG, SDU)
BUE ---> (AEP, EZE)
TYO ---> (HND, NRT)
MIL ---> (LIN, MXP)
ROM ---> (FCO, CIA)
MOW ---> (SVO, DME)



etc ...


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11528 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5115 times:

SFO, OAK, PSC, PDT, YKM, RDM, MFR, CIC, EUG, BOI, ONT.... Would any of those work?


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5096 times:
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Quoting Seb146 (Reply 16):
SFO, OAK, PSC, PDT, YKM, RDM, MFR, CIC, EUG, BOI, ONT.... Would any of those work?

Only OAK, and to a lesser extent BOI and ONT are acronyms.



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24817 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5077 times:

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Quoting FlySSC (Reply 15):
Specific airport codes started to be given when several airports begun to be used to serve the same city :

And some cities with multiple airports serving the metro area do not hae a separate city code, LAX and SFO probably being the most notable examples, where the metro area code is also the primary airport code. SEA is another U.S. example of that, and quite a few others..

The last 3 cities assigned separate city codes that I can recall were Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton (YMQ/YTO/YEA) and that must have been about 20 years ago. However, Vancouver has several airports serving the metro area but it was not given a unique city code. YVR remains both the city code as well as the code for the primary airport.


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6686 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5052 times:

A list of airports named after people is here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_eponyms_of_airports

Hartford Bradley (BDL) and Rio Santos Dumont (SDU) are a couple where the abbreviations match (sort of).



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5034 times:

Of course, there's also the mnemonics that some F/A's have come up with to help them remember the less obvious airport codes:

SNA = Somewhere Near Anaheim

SDF = She's Doing Fine (filly running in the Kentucky Derby)

MSY = Much Sin Y'all

MCO = Mickey's Corporate Offices



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User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5023 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
I''m quite sure the MIA code originates from the first 3 letters of "Miami", not from Miami International Airport.

I beleive you are right although most would argue that it stands for the letter for each individual word. The name MIA is used a lot on local news and such due to its "catchyness".
Live from the triple A (AA arena) I hate when they call it triple a) in downtown MIA is what you may find.

What about names of cities with 2 words such as SJU

San Juan. How would that work out


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6781 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5014 times:



Quoting Andz (Reply 8):
A word, meaning you can say it as a word, not each letter individually, eg jay eff kay.

You're saying an acronym isn't an acronym if it's not pronounceable?

Quoting Andz (Reply 17):
Only OAK, and to a lesser extent BOI and ONT are acronyms.

Anyone else think any of those are acronyms?


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5012 times:
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Quoting Timz (Reply 22):
You're saying an acronym isn't an acronym if it's not pronounceable?

Not me, the dictionary:

a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, UNESCO for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/acronym

Quoting Timz (Reply 22):
Anyone else think any of those are acronyms?

Is oak too much of a tongue twister for you?  Smile



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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6781 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

Hm-- never heard that about the pronounceability requirement. Gotta check some other dictionaries.

The definition you quoted excludes OAK-ONT-BOI.


25 Timz : Looks like you've got a point about pronounceability being a requirement, but there's more to it. An acronym is a word that people actually do pronoun
26 Airstud : Not being in the airline business, I couldn't tellya, but for what it's worth, network folx say "yanna" when referring to the Internet Assigned Number
27 Andz : My wife works for an airline and everyone I have heard use it, says "eye-ata". I'm not trying to start an argument or hijack the thread, I just think
28 71Zulu : Don't understand the requirement that an acronym must be able to be pronounced as a word. What about BBC or FBI? Are these not acronyms?
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