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LAX - Where Does The "X" Come From?  
User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4689 times:

What does the "X" mean? Does it mean anything at all? And where does the "D" come from in ORD?

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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4614 times:

IATA has mysterious ways of allocating codes. Why do all Canadian airports start with "Y"? Dubai has an X too - DXB.

User currently offlineA340-313X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4599 times:

X, as in X marks the spot (Pilots found it easier to find). And the D in Ohare actually comes from Da' Airport...

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3813 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4554 times:

This article on airport codes answers both of your questions.

Breaking the airport code

http://www.canoe.ca/TravelWorld/9907_air.html

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineRamper@IAH From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4503 times:

And the D in Ohare actually comes from Da' Airport...

Actually, O'Hare was previously called Orchard Field, thus, the ORD identifier.

PDX (Portland, Oregon) is another example of the "mysterious X."


User currently offlineSkyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4447 times:

X can really stand for anything, such as wx in weather, mx in maintainence, or x in crossing. It's not used much, and when they picked it they probabally just used it to fill space. When you think about it, it wouldn't really sound any better if other letters were used.

User currently offlineEI133 From Ireland, joined Jan 2000, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 4394 times:

Its the Canadian ones with all the Ys that I could never figure out!EI133

User currently offlineCabal From Colombia, joined Sep 2001, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 4371 times:

It must come from all the porn stars living in L.A.
Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year


User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

"And the D in Ohare actually comes from Da' Airport... "

ha ha.... i can't believe nobody else got that one... good one A340-313X..... Da' Bulls!!!


User currently offlineYwg_jy From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

Technically, Canadian airports are 4 letter or 4 letter/number idenitifers and all start with the letter "C"

User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4499 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

I think the X in LAX comes from the experience of travelers using the airport. "Los Angeles, eXasperating" describes using that airport, especially getting in and out of it on the ground.

Jim



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User currently offlineValujetMD-81 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4273 times:

Hey, Have you seen those SNL Sketches featuring...DA BULLS... I wonder if that has anything to with orD

User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4268 times:

MCI= Kansas City International. I have no idea, anyone wanna take a shot?

User currently offlineCabal From Colombia, joined Sep 2001, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4261 times:

I just remember another one...
RSW---> Fort Myers Florida.....uuummm!!!!


User currently offlineParra From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4254 times:

Why is Heathrow LHR, Gatwick LGW but Stanted STN and not LST?

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3813 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

I think MCI is for Mid Continent International? And Ft. Myers used to be called Southwest Florida Regional Airport. I think for RSW, R is for the regional and SW for southwest.

Here is a better article than the one I posted above.

Airport ABC's: An explanation of airport identifiers

http://www.skygod.com/asstd/abc.html

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineAC340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

As Ywg_jy correctly pointed out, Canadian airports codes are 4 letters, each beginning with the letter C. This dates to the time when the Canadian government was allocating radio callsigns. When they allocated callsigns to those in the form CYxx and CXxx to airports. (A radio callsign is just an identifier, like WNBC or KTLA) The 3 letter airport code for a Canadian airport is just the callsign minus the 'C' at the beginning. So Toronto's airport radio callsign is CYYZ and the 3 letter airport code is YYZ, just like Vancouver's is CYVR and YVR. It was just an adminstrative decision. Other countries used a different method to pick airport codes, this was Canada's.

User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4219 times:

cos LST is Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. (ya know, that little island just south of the Australian mainland...)  Big grin




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User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4190 times:
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C'mon, the X is for Malcolm X! Like you guys don't know that!


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User currently offlineYwg_jy From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

Parra - correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Heathrow EGLL, Gatwick EGKK, and Stansted EGSS?

User currently offlineCorey777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4119 times:

but isn't Heathrow EGLL, Gatwick EGKK, and Stansted EGSS?

Those are the four-letter ICAO identifiers. Parra is referring to the three-leter IATA codes. It's the same place!

Corey777


User currently offlineBigmikenice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4104 times:

The motto for Ft. Myers (SW Florida Reg) is "Ready to Serve the World. They have it written all over their website, and I think they have that code for that reason. Or maybe LoneStarMike is right, and they just figured out that their assigned IATA code worked out as an abbreviation for a cool moniker.

User currently offlineCoAir@IAH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

What about Nashville and BNA?

Better Nashville Area??


User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3165 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

In regard to Nashville, and other cities that begin with N... US commercial airports avoid beginning their codes with N, as that letter is reserved for Military fields.




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User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4013 times:

Oh my God... LOL at the FAT reference!!!!

Too funny!!


25 N400QX : >US commercial airports avoid beginning their codes with N, as that letter is reserved for Military fields If I'm not mistaken, the 'N' replaces the n
26 SafetyDude : I think: X-For international LA International Parra: I think Stanted is outside London city limits. So no need for the "L"
27 Yorkie : Not all Canada airports start Y, only the main ones. There is a small 'airport' on the area around 10 miles south-east of YVR known as the Delta, call
28 Scottb : LoneStarMike's second article answers the BNA - Nashville question (Berry-Nashville), but it misses the mark on MSY - MSY stands for "Moisant Stock Ya
29 Fly_emirates : reminds me of Dubai International! now all the the other major airports in the Emirates like Sharjah and Abudhabi, has three code letters with in thie
30 Covert : it means their security is lax
31 Acidradio : It has to do with LAXatives. You will need them there
32 727LOVER : With Ft. Myers, remember FMY is for Page Field where the airlines used to fly into. But why is Sarasota/Bradenton=SRQ????
33 Leej : Parra, Re LGW, LHR and STN - Heathrow and Gatwick have been the designated London Airports for years now, since the 40's and 50's I believe - Stansted
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