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What's With DEN Being Referred To As DIA  
User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 886 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

There are even freeway signs that state "DIA" instead of "DEN". Denver Intl is the only airport I can think of that is referred to as a different airport code. Are there other instances of this?

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 1538 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.

User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

"Denver Int'l Airport"


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User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 886 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Tsully, I know where it comes from but it's incorrect.

Flyf15, I'm glad to see it pisses someone else off. I've even seen a luggage tag from an airline that showed "DIA", I couldn't believe it!

User currently offlineDatamanA340 From South Korea, joined Dec 2000, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1507 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.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Wasn't Stapleton DEN and Denver International replaced it they kept the DIA tags?


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User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

Not true, there are many other airports that use such acronyms. MCI comes to mind, more people refer to MCI as "KCI"...

User currently offlineRydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 864 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1492 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



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User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

all residents of cities come up with names for their airport... official or unofficial

Chicago... "O'Hare" "Midway"
Seattle... "Sea-Tac"
Los Angeles "LAX"
San Francisco "SFO"
Orlando "McCoy"
Dallas "Love"
Denver "DIA"

you get the point... people of Denver just happened to choose a 3-letter acronym for their name... just like a code

twa902



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User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1488 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.



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User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 10 hours ago) and read 1481 times:

A similar situation comes to mind in Tampa. They call it TIA. Even on the Expressway signage.

Philadelphia generally says PHL or Philly International. PIA isn't said by the networks b/c that's Peoria...


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

In Detroit, we have nicknames for our airports too.

YIP- Willowrun
DET- City
DTW- Metro or The Clusterf**k


User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

In San Francisco, we call the airport "G-d-mnit" because of the delays. Everybody flies standby, meaning when it's all said and done we end up standing there waving "bye!"



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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 1442 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.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 1425 times:

During much of the development of the new Denver Airport it was refered to by the Denver government and in the media as DIA and it stuck.

I remember the info on Austin's new airport at Bergstrom was refered to as BIA (Bergstrom International Airport). The City of Tucson refers to Tucson International (TUS) as TIA on the website.

Remember they are just colloquial expressions and don't get worked up over them.



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 1416 times:

Ever heard of Abbreviations?

Honestly I think it would sound a little wierd for someone to say to the taxi driver "Take me to DEN." It just doesn't sound right.

I say "Denver Airport" most of the time, sometimes "Denver Int'l" and sometimes "Denver Int'l Airport" and sometimes "DIA".

It really isn't a big deal. Its just the initials of the airport instead of saying "Denver International Airport" which is long.

Regards.



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User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months ago) and read 1401 times:

Rydawg82:
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.......


User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

I thought the code for DIA was supposed to be DVX?

User currently offlineB747forlife From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 392 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1380 times:

Around DC everyone calls IAD, Dulles, not Dulles International Airport, it does not really compare to DIA and DEN, but I wanted to point it out....

-Nick  Smokin cool


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

I have seen signs on DEN airport property that say DIA on it.

No one says "Dallas/Ft.Worth International Airport" in Dallas. We just refer to it as "DFW" just like the airport code.

rgds,
blink182



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User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1364 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!


User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1344 times:
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People in Portland routinely refer to the airport as PDX... I've even known people to call the whole city PDX

User currently offlineValujetMD-81 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

I like it better. Let's go to the DEN sounds great. DIA is not so great. So that must be where photographer DIASpotter got his name. I always wondered.

User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

In small town Sacramento, We just call it "The airport"  Big thumbs up

After all, it's the only controlled airport in the Sac area.


User currently offlineJC5280 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 530 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Panda Express in the terminal used to hava a "DIA special"!

 Smile


25 Justplanesmart : Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) predates the city of SeaTac by close to forty years. The city was named for the airport, not the airport fo
26 Penguinflies : DTW might be a cluster f_*k...but it's one of my cluster f_*ks!
27 Rydawg82 : *Slams head against wall* *over and over and over again* Ry
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