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Ghost Names. Recycled 3-letter Airport Codes  
User currently offlinegoldenargosy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Since 3-letter airport codes are so scarce they can be recycled one year after they are dropped. Case in point, when Idlewild Airport became JFK, the old IDL tag was retired then reused for Indianola, Mississippi. What other ghost airport codes around the world are currently finding a second life at another airport?

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User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3258 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

Interesting. Another interesting related subject would be using the same 3-letter code for a city that has changed names:

BOM
SGN
MAA
PEK
CAN

Come to mind off-hand.


User currently offlineiluv747400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
PEK
CAN

These cities did not change names. Rather, a new method of transliterating their names from Chinese to English was adopted. The airport codes are indeed, however, based on the old transliterations.


User currently offlineBlueBus From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3115 times:

Does anyone know who and how the three letter codes are chosen? Some like JFK are obvious, but others like ORD are not.

User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Quoting BlueBus (Reply 3):
Some like JFK are obvious, but others like ORD are not.

It would appear that the ORD designator came from the fact that O'Hare Airport used to be called Orchard Field:

"Established in the early forties, O'Hare Airport began its life as an important regional manufacturing site for the Douglas Aircraft Company. In 1945, the airfield became known as the Orchard Field Airport (hence the code 'ORD'), only to be renamed again in 1949 after the famous US naval aviator Commander Edward Henry 'Butch' O'Hare."

Source: http://chicago-ohare-ord.airports-guides.com/


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