Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Cracking The Myster Of Canadian Codes  
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3769 posts, RR: 5
Posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1711 times:

So once and for all, why are Canadian codes so similar and yet so goofy?

Someone once 'splained to me that they're based on the 2-letter city codes once used by a major Canadian railroad company. If this is true though, it still doesn't make sense - I thought "TO" was the rail code for Toronto, but its airport is YYZ. And YEG for Edmonton? Why would the railway use "EG" for "g"-less Edmonton?

Moreover, if for whatever reason those 2-letter codes were in fact used by the railways, is there any reason why "Y" was chosen as the first letter, or was that random?

And if I'm wrong about this whole railroad thing, then I'll need the whole thing 'splained to me from square one!! YHZ for Halifax? YCG for Charlottetown?

Pancakes are delicious.
4 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3769 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

OOPS - I meant to say "Cracking the Mystery," not "Myster" in my title. Sorry.

Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlinePolaris From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

This has to do with radio frequencies and call letters. I explained it a while ago. Try to do a search. If not, I'll explain again...but give me some time!

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3804 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Infact Toronto's three letter code is YTO but because toronto has 4 airports they sprlit it up, don;t know why Pearson airport got YZ, but the city code is TO, just like montreal's city code is YML or ML but because of two airports they gave on YUL and the other YMX.

"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

This topic was discussed in-depth awhile back. Airstud just to let you know Charlottetown is YYG not YCG, which is actually Castlegar BC. Also, I'm pretty sure that it's YMQ to designate all of Montreal and not YML.

Also some of the small to very small regional airports in Canada, have their codes begin with an X or Z, like ZBF for Bathurst NB. Likewise some non-Canadian airports use the Y code, like YNG for Youngstown, Ohio.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
The Chances Of Canadian Airlines Flying To Beg? posted Sat Sep 8 2001 21:04:05 by JAT
Today Is The End Of Canadian Airlines posted Sat Oct 21 2000 19:35:23 by Slawko
Oct 21- The End Of Canadian posted Tue Oct 10 2000 23:27:38 by AC_B777
When Does The Sale Of Canadian Regional Expire? posted Sat Feb 12 2000 06:25:43 by Boeing 777
The End Of Canadian?! :-( posted Sun Jan 30 2000 01:26:04 by 747-600X
The End Of An Era: Canadian Airlines posted Mon May 21 2001 23:51:43 by Fallingeese
The End Of An Era: Canadian Airlines posted Mon May 21 2001 23:50:54 by Fallingeese
Anymore Orders To Announce Before The End Of Year? posted Fri Dec 15 2006 15:32:35 by UALMMFlyer
The Role Of Mergers In The US Airline Industry posted Fri Dec 8 2006 19:21:18 by WorldTraveler
A Big Airbus Order To Come By The End Of The Year? posted Thu Dec 7 2006 19:01:07 by RootsAir