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What Airports Are Truly Known By Their Code?  
User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3377 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4752 times:

Most don't refer to LGA in speech as "LGA."

But we call JFK "JFK."

What other airports do we refer to orally by their code?

What airports do we refer to by official name rather than city?


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User currently offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3125 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4749 times:
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LAX.,
JFK.,
CDG.,

Can't really think of others in the general lexicon.

We know Heathrow is LHR but the general public don't care.

Laguardia is Laguardia and Newark is out of state to most New Yorkers !

Surpose the only UK airport where the short code is used a bit is EMA for East Midlands/Castle Donnington/Nottingham /Leicester what ever

Narita and Haneda codes are known but people still refer to the full name in conversation.


User currently offlinen126dl From United States of America, joined May 2010, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4725 times:
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Who could forget ATL?  


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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4715 times:

ATL for sure, as well as PHX. One that not everyone seems to get right though is MCO, which is often erroneously referred to as "OIA" by the Orlando media.


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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1187 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

Locals in the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC) often say "RDU" when they talk about RDU.

User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1221 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 3):
ATL for sure, as well as PHX. One that not everyone seems to get right though is MCO, which is often erroneously referred to as "OIA" by the Orlando media.

On that note, MCI is usually called KCI.


User currently offlinePu From Sweden, joined Dec 2011, 904 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4660 times:

Quoting zrs70 (Thread starter):
But we call JFK "JFK."

That is at least in part because JFK was already a widely known 'word' by the time they named the airport after the fallen president.

LBJ would probably turn out the same way if they decided to create an airport's code after him, or FDR, because they were commonly known by their initials.

BUT, if they changed DCA's code to RWR does anyone think it would from then on be known by Reagan's initials?


User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4652 times:

JFK has to be the most known among non-aviation enthusiasts. Some others are easily identifiable like SYD or HKG, CDG could be in the list too but in France most people refer as Roissy (or Orly for ORY), not sure at all if they know the 3 letters code...


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27211 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4625 times:

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 1):
LAX
JFK
CDG

You also commonly see BWI used in the media and presumably by the general public in the Baltimore and Washington area.

I don't agree with CDG. You never hear anyone in France referring to the airport by the code, and they rarely call it Charles de Gaulle or even just de Gaulle airport (except in AF inflight announcements). It's almost always just "Roissy".


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From Spain, joined Oct 2008, 3059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

LAX for sure. No one calls LAX "Los Angeles International" or the like; JFK because it's a well-known acronym.

I disagree with CDG; I've never heard that.



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User currently offlinebe77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4523 times:

YVR pushes it as a brand in all their advertising and such...most people on the street just refer to it as 'the airport' in lower case with no special emphasis.

But, other than JFK, I can't think of one airport I have heard co-workers refer to by the identifier, and we are a varied lot (18 different passports at this one location), and all of us are gold in on at least one and often two airlines, but not in the airline industry at all.

Conversations usually go like this - "Yeah, I'm connecting through Miami this time instead of JFK", or "I'll be in Panama a couple hours on the way to Lima", or "Redeye to Amsterdam before connecting to Paris and Dakar".

In fact, other than a perhaps a dozen places worldwide (NY, LA, DC, Moscow, London,etc.) with more than one well used airport serving the region there aren't many airports I think that people would refer to by anything other than the city name..in spite of all the politically motivated naming (or maybe because of it?).
If there are mutliple airports serving the city for domestic or regional traffic, then I thnk usually the suburb or descriptive name is more common (Paris, Montreal, NY other than JFK, London other than LHR, etc.).



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User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4469 times:

Quoting LOWS (Reply 5):
On that note, MCI is usually called KCI.

My home airport is MDT (Harrisburg), and it calls itself... HIA in advertising, which I believe is a long term problem now that people book online so much. MDT is easy for us to remember since the airport is located in Middletown.

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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4438 times:

Perhaps BCN and CPH? Both cities use the airport code to refer to the city (in advertising and all that) as well, not just the airport. Although no one will probably say B-C-N or C-P-H but I'd say those codes are pretty familiar due to their use to describe the city itself.

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4900 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4347 times:

We call PIT "Pitt" or "Greater Pitt" (the old terminal's name). "PIT" is also used in sporting events on scoreboards.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27191 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4344 times:

Heard plenty of people in Dallas refer to DFW as DFW.


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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4335 times:

I say quite often refer to Gatwick as L G W. Not sure if this is widely used, and is just a personal preference by me.


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4644 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 14):
Heard plenty of people in Dallas refer to DFW as DFW.

Yep, or as myself and some fellow rampers up here call it: "Dee Eff Dub" 



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User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1901 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

The ones that came to mind for me were definitely BWI, DFW, JFK, and LAX. I also know some folks in the Silicon Valley area that call SFO by its call letters to distinguish from SJC (and I suppose also OAK) without saying "San Francisco," but I imagine that's probably not the norm.

User currently offlinebananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1605 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4297 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 15):

I say quite often refer to Gatwick as L G W

... which is more syllables than just saying the name!  

Outside of their immediate areas, I'd say that JFK would be the only airport that is known by it's code by those not involved in the travel / aviation business. LAX seems to be widely recognised too, but to a lesser extent than JFK.

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User currently offlineBNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4257 times:

Quoting n126dl (Reply 2):
Who could forget ATL
Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 3):
ATL for sure,

While true for the aviation crowd, locals simply call it "The Airport" since there is no other commercial airport in the Atlanta area. As a lifelong resident, I've never heard locals say "ATL" when talking about the airport.


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7426 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4243 times:

Everyone calls MIA "MIA", down here. MIA is also known in the media/popular culture as being the city of Miami.


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User currently offlineblueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4183 times:
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Locally, at least, DFW is known as... DFW.

I've heard some of my Asian colleagues refer to "Syd" and "Mel"

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
I don't agree with CDG.

+1. Never heard it called anything other than Roissy once outside the airport.


User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4179 times:

Then there is the appropriately titled SUX.  


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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 15):
I say quite often refer to Gatwick as L G W. Not sure if this is widely used, and is just a personal preference by me.

I've never heard anyone refer to Gatwick as L-G-W (apart from on here) - it's always either just Gatwick, or "Gatters" if you're a bit annoying! 

JFK and LAX get my vote.



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 23):
I've never heard anyone refer to Gatwick as L-G-W (apart from on here) - it's always either just Gatwick, or "Gatters" if you're a bit annoying!

Ha then it must just be me!  Out of interest I have heard a few people call LGW - The Wick.



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25 BoeingGuy : Actually, "SFO" is quite often spoken to refer to the airport, as is "LAX", "JFK" and "DFW" as indicated previously. I've heard "PDX" on rare occasio
26 zckls04 : SFO is very common in the Bay Area- I would say I hear it more often than not. Mind you, most of the people I know travel quite frequently, and I thin
27 1337Delta764 : The code for Renton is RNT, not RTN. RTN is Raton Municipal Airport in Raton, New Mexico.
28 Post contains images BAViscount : Usually by spotter types I think, in the same way they often refer to LHR as "The Row".
29 steex : Now that you mention that, I actually have received shipments from a few people in Portland who even used "PDX" in place of "Portland, OR" on the ret
30 Post contains images LGWflyer : The Row - I like that! Sounds better than The Wick anyway. I could imagine landing at LHR and the Cabin Crew announces welcome to "The Row"! Couldn't
31 Gunsontheroof : I've noticed this before in Vancouver and was a little surprised by it, though I think "YVR" does have a bit of a ring to it... I've probably heard "
32 zrs70 : We often refer to Nantucket as "ACk"
33 Mortyman : **********OSL*************
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