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Airport Iata Code As An Acronym  
User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1220 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5491 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, 1232 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5479 times:

BWI = Baltimore/Washington International
MIA = Miami International Airport



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6119 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5477 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: 23
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5472 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 onlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4723 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5460 times:

FMO=Flughafen Münster Osnabruck


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User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1220 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5439 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 (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5420 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, 6119 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5414 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, 8467 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5408 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, 1220 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5398 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 offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5390 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: 23
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5379 times:

Would TRI fall into this category ?


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User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5353 times:

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


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User currently onlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3004 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5315 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, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5296 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, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5294 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, 11801 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5258 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, 8467 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5239 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 offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5220 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, 6843 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5195 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, 2764 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5177 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, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5166 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, 6902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5157 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, 8467 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5155 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, 6902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5153 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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