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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

Why do all Canadian airport codes begin with "Y"? It is strange and I never know the codes and have to look it up. Most others are quite logical, e.g. JFK, ZRH, FRA, AMS, LHR, MIA etc.

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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1071 times:
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I was wondering about that aswell. I don't know the answer, maybe it's just a canadian thing.

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User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

I heard an explanation about this a few years ago. The explanation that I can remember is something like this. The system of 3 letter codes was either started in the USA, or it was in the USA that the system first gained real popularity. So, fairly early on Canada was the first natural extension of this 3 letter code system.

At the time they thought it would be convenient if they could identify all Canadian airports with a Y so that they could keep track of international flights and tickets. The idea was: if it starts with Y: its in Canada, anything else, its in America.

Then, all the other countries had to come in and spoil the whole system.

Anyway, that's the story I heard.

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User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

Most Canadian Airports actually start with a "C". For example CYVR, CYYZ, CYXU, CYHM, etc.

Many of the higher traffic and larger airports have the "Y".

There are many other airports that do not have the Y, such as CNB9 (Barrie, ON), CNBB (Boundary Bay, BC).

Often the "C" is left out and it is just YVR, YYZ, NB9, NBB, etc.

Y, I don't know.



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User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 990 times:

Actually the C is used for the ICAO codes, not the 3 letter codes of the IATA, or vice versa (I can never remember Embarrassment).

Also not all Canadian airports begin with a Y. Some begin with an X, Z or W, but these are all smaller, second or third-tier airports. I also believe that many general aviation airports begin with E in Canada and have numbers in them.


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6275 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 982 times:

The E is not indicative of Canada alone. Right down the road from me is Avra Valley Airport, oops meant Marana Northwest (shudder). It's code is E14.

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User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 982 times:

Interesting Yow, I didn't know that.

Any example of airports that start with "E" and not a "C"?



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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 945 times:

"Any example of airports that start with "E" and not a "C""

I'm pretty sure he was talking about the 3-letter codes. 4 letter codes that begin with E indicate that the airport is located in Europe, if I'm not mistaken.

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User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 930 times:

You are right LY744.

Eg Evenes airport in Norway (Harstad/Narvik) has EVE (IATA code) and ENEV for ICAO.

The E is for Europe - the N for Norway and EV for Evenes.


User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 906 times:

You are also right LY744 I was talking about 3 letter codes.

Here's one for Canada with E: EMO Emo, ON, Canada

Here one I even found with D: DGF Douglas Lake, BC, Canada

http://www.mapping.com/airportcodes.html has the codes for some +19,000 airfields.


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