KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27 Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8001 times:
If you could change the airport code of existing airports, what would they be? Some airports inherit their old name like ORD (Orchard Field) or MCO (McCoy AFB), so these codes aren't exactly self-explanatory to an average Joe. I believe that some airports (especially minor or new ones) could not opt for the "correct" code because it has been taken by an older airport, for example DXB for Dubai instead of DUB. Somehow this reminds me of internet "cybersquatting" where the nice ones are already taken. Other airports just try to be unique and opt for confusing codes that don't represent their true meaning.
OK I'll start...
I think Lahore deserves to get LHR instead of LHE. Even without the consonants, you can sort of make out the sound Lahore. What code should Heathrow use? Maybe HRW or HTR.
Phuket should get PKT instead of settling for just HKT. PKT is the code for Port Keats in the Northern Territory, Australia. Phuket could easily deserve this code more.
Riyadh is RUH. No idea why they didn't use RYD because no other airport uses it as far as I know.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7773 times:
Phuket should be anything but HKT - its all wrong when the code doesn't start with the right letter (except Canada, but their codes are all screwed up anyway).
Re Lahore being LHR - nope ! LHR stands for London Heath Row (Heath Row was the name of the village buried to make room for the airport). LGW stands for London GatWick, LCY stands for London City, LTN stands for London Luton It would make sense then to change Stansted to LST - and perhaps Lahore should be LOR.
VC745D From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 214 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7644 times:
if it ain't broke, etc...
In any case, "the average Joe" couldn't care less about airport codes, any more than he does about what kind of plane is taking him from, say, MSY to ORD. He just wants it cheap and to get the whole matter of air transportation over with asap.
VC745d From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 214 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7587 times:
However, the prohibition of "N" as the first letter is a bit of a pain. Especially for Newark, New Orleans, Nashville, etc...
NEW is the code for New Orleans Lakefront Airport (originally Shushan Airport), which was the commercial field before MSY. And as an aside, MSY=Moisant Stock Yards. Aviator John (?) Moisant was killed in a crash on the site in the 20s (?); stock yards were later built there; hence the designator.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7549 times:
I believe there was a thread at some point about why there are no airport codes in the United States that start with the letter "N" - I believe it has something to do with the fact that all military field designations start with that letter. That would explain why Newark is EWR and so on and so on.
I have no problem with Canadian airports using Y as the first letter. Sometimes you can make sense of it (YVR = Vancouver, BC), but it's easy to confuse Toronto (YYZ) and Calgary (YYC) - assuming I have them right here!
Fortunately, checked bags are given a bar code for the computers to read - and I don't think the computer cares at all if ORD represents Chicago...in the old days, I once caught an agent tagging my bags BDL instead of BFL. I pointed that out, and she politely changed it and smiled and said "good thing you saw that!!".
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Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7532 times:
Hmmm, let's see....
I frankly don't think airport codes can be really changed realistically, nor should they be anyways. Most of them make sense to me anyways. This goes for both IATA and ICAO codes.
However - if there's one set of codes I'd like to see changed, they're IATA codes in my country. Why the hell do they all begin with "Y"? I think it's due to a holdover from the days when codes were assigned to rail stations when train travel was king, and Ottawa felt that airports fell into the same category as train stations, whatever category that is.
Here's how major Canadian airports should be changed to:
YYZ (Toronto Lester B. Pearson Int'l) = LBP (named after a Prime Minister)
YUL (Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau) = MTL (no I don't like "PET" - that's a French slang for farting, but then again look at Fukuoka's IATA code! LOL)
YVR (Vancouver) = VCR
YYC (Calgary) = CLG
YEG (Edmonton) = EDM
YXE (Saskatoon) = SKT
YQR (Regina) = RNA
YYT (St. John's) = SJS
YHZ (Halifax) = HFX
YWG (Winnipeg) = WPG
YXY (Whitehorse) = WHS (not exactly a major airport, but it's a well known city only because it's on the Alaska Highway - and the largest Canadian city north of the 60th Parallel (pop. about 23,000) )
YZF (Yellowknife) = YKN (once again, not a big one, but an important air distribution center for the Canadian North)
I've taken care not include codes that already exist, but I'm sure there's some codes I put in that might already exist. Why not CGY for Calgary, for instance? CGY is the IATA code for Caguyan de Oro in the Philippines. And I can't put in STN for Saskatoon - that's already taken by Stansted! Nor can I use YEL for Yellowknife - that one is already in use by Elliott Lake in Northern Ontario!
But I don't think even Canadian IATA codes will change in the near future or even at all, because it might be costly and also may conflict with those already in use, as I said. BTW, some of the Canadian codes already in existence are easy enough for most to remember which airport it belongs to, like YVR or YWG, for example.