sierra3tango
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Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:57 pm

The IATA codes for airports in the USA seem to follow the practice used around the world with the exception of IAD & IAH,
Why?

I assume these codes were dreamt up years ago and its too difficult to change them. Rather like Mumbai still has BOM as its code as presumably any change gone into the too difficult tray

Airports are quite often named after (locally) famous people, Houston after George Bush (presumably after the code was created) and Washington after ?John Foster Dulles?

Is it something like 'international airport' where (at the time of creation of the code) there were 2 airports in these cities?

Anybody know why?
 
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:00 pm

Quoting sierra3tango (Thread starter):

I always assumed it was for International Airport as, in D.C., there is DCA and IAD and to some extent BWI, and in Houston there is IAH and HOU
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:03 pm

Dulles' original airport code was DIA, but too many bags were being mis routed to DCA. In 1968, Dulles' code was changed to IAD to reduce confusion.

I would assume that IAH, which opened in 1970, was given the code "Intercontinental Airport Houston" rather than "Houston Intercontinental Airport" for the same reason Dulles' code was changed: to reduce confusion with HOU.
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 2):
Dulles' original airport code was DIA, but too many bags were being mis routed to DCA. In 1968, Dulles' code was changed to IAD to reduce confusion.

Thanks

Was Dulles named after John Foster Dulles?
 
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:08 pm

Quoting sierra3tango (Reply 3):

I honestly don't know, but it is physically located in Dulles, Virginia
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:09 pm

Quoting sierra3tango (Reply 3):
Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 2):
Dulles' original airport code was DIA, but too many bags were being mis routed to DCA. In 1968, Dulles' code was changed to IAD to reduce confusion.

Thanks

Was Dulles named after John Foster Dulles?

Yes.
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:09 pm

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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:10 pm

International Airport Dulles and International Airport Houston?
 
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:25 pm

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 4):
I honestly don't know, but it is physically located in Dulles, Virginia

Oddly enough, "Dulles, Virginia" did not exist as an area until well after the airport was built. I lived in the region when this started, largely thanks to the tech boom. Businesses started naming themselves as a Dulles location even though there is no town named Dulles.

Says Wikipedia: "The usage of Dulles as a community name began in the mid-1980s when Loudon County...successfully lobbied the USPS to allow Sterling businesses and residents to use Dulles as an alternate address. The USPS defines Dulles as an 'acceptable' city name for the 20166 zip code, whose 'actual' city name is Sterling."

Funny, load a map of the airport on Google Maps and it will show Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc. Roads. I'm pretty sure the public should not be driving on those...
 
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 2):
I would assume that IAH, which opened in 1970, was given the code "Intercontinental Airport Houston

Small correction to the IAH opening date which was actually June 1969, but you're spot on with the IAH. I still like another locals version for IAH, It Ain't Hobby!  
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:48 pm

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 9):
Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 2):
I would assume that IAH, which opened in 1970, was given the code "Intercontinental Airport Houston

Small correction to the IAH opening date which was actually June 1969, but you're spot on with the IAH.

Thanks for the correction!

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 9):
I still like another locals version for IAH, It Ain't Hobby!

Very Funny  
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:48 pm

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 4):
it is physically located in Dulles, Virginia
Quoting simairlinenet (Reply 8):
"Dulles, Virginia" did not exist as an area until well after the airport was built.

What we now call "The Village of Dulles" is an incorporated area that we used to call "Chantilly." AFAIK, the original "Dulles" community was a housing area developed by the Van Meter real estate group.
 
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:10 pm

Quoting Noise (Reply 7):
International Airport Houston?

Close,, Intercontinental not international or as I've heard a few old CO pilots say before touchdown Houston Intergalatic LOL

IAH was later named about President George Herbert Walker Bush, who was a pilot and congressman from Houston who helped get a bit o'fed funding for the original airport.
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RE: Why IAD & IAH?

Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:15 pm

This thread is a duplicate of the following thread and will be locked for further discussion. Please feel free to continue your discussion in the Travel, Polls and Preferences forum. All posts added after the thread lock will be removed for housekeeping purposes only.

The active thread will thus continue here:

Why IAD & IAH? (by sierra3tango Jun 17 2013 in Aviation Polls)


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