Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1445 times:
"DIA" is the accepted name for the airport here in Denver by the majority of the population (most of which know nothing of airport codes) as it does not have another name (such as "O'Hare" or "La Guardia"). I refer to it as "Denver International," "The Airport," or "DEN." I can't stand "DIA" and always correct people when I hear it.
DatamanA340 From South Korea, joined Dec 2000, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1414 times:
There are other airports like Inchon or Manila, usually referred as IIA and NAIA. You know there are so many people that call Hong Kong international as "CLK", which is not official. I think we don't have to mind.
Rydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 849 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1399 times:
Stapleton and Denver International Airport both shared DEN as the ICAO Airport code.....However everyone called Stapleton "Stapleton" and keeping with the airport name game they became lazy, why say Denver International Airport day in day out, when DIA is easy....I hate the DIA expression myself but hey it works for most people....
LAX is about one of the few airports called by its code...Los Angeles Internation Airport is a bit verbose....Seattle Tacoma International Airport is SeaTac to most not SEA....Its just part of the local sayings....May not like it but hey you dont gotta...Ry
You can take the pup out of Alaska, but you can't take the Alaska out of the pup.
Tsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1395 times:
B737-112: I know it's incorrect; I thought you meant you didn't know from where the acronym came.
In CA, many of us (even non-aviation buffs) refer to SFO as "SFO". On the other hand, I know of no one who calls San Diego "SAN".
I don't think anyone calls John F. Kennedy by its full name. Instead, I hear "JFK" and “Kennedy”.
I think it all comes down to how simplistic the name is to say. If it rolls off the tongue quickly and effortlessly, perhaps people will call it by its name. And if not, I guess folks just get creative with what they use to describe it.
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1349 times:
DEN refers to the city code and DIA the airport code. Someone mentioned O'Hare and MCO, both named after people, as is LGA and JFK. The TIA mentioned to me doesn't make any sense to me-does it stand for Tampa International? Because as all here know TPA is the city code.
Blackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1308 times:
I think a three letter code like DEN is an IATA code. The ICAO has always four letters. It would be KDEN for Denver I guess.
LAX is KLAX,
SFO is KSFO,
JFK is KJFK,
ZRH is LSZH,
LHR is EGLL,
BSL is LFSB, etc.......
Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1978 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
SEA is named "Sea-Tac" because it's in the city of Sea-Tac...in between Seattle, and Tacoma.
When the new Denver airport was opened it was DIA because Stapleton was "DEN" After they switched, DIA became DEN. Same deal with HKG. When CLK was opened and Kai Tak was closed, the HKG went to the new one (I still donno how to spell it.)
I like the name for Detroit...Cluster fu_k...that's a fitting name!