airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1545 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3512 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...
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".
be77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3383 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.).
OB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 325 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3329 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.
roberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 817 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3298 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.
steex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1536 posts, RR: 9 Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3168 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.
... 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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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.