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Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:24 pm

Other than JFK and CDG, are there airports whose IATA code are acronyms from people's or city's/town's names?
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:20 pm

BWI = Baltimore/Washington International
MIA = Miami International Airport
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:37 pm

PHF = Patrick Henry Field
FAT = Fresno Air Terminal
KGPI = Glacier Park International / FCA = Flathead County Airport
SLC = Salt Lake City
MSP = Minneapolis / St. Paul
MBS = Midland / Bay City / Saginaw
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:18 pm



Quoting Afterburner (Thread starter):
city's/town's names?

Most IATA-codes are derived from the City's name they serve. Way too many to list ...
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:23 pm

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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:43 pm



Quoting HT (Reply 3):
Most IATA-codes are derived from the City's name they serve.

I know that. What I need is exact acronyms, like JetBlast, Goldenshield, and JRadier have given above.
Some other:
EMA = East Midlands Airport
LBA = Leeds Bradford Airport

Any other IATA codes from people's names?
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:31 am

ABE = Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Airport, PA
DFW = Dallas Fort Worth, TX
PDK = Peachtree / DeKalb, GA
MCO = Orlando, FL (named after Col. McCoy)
IAH = International Airport Houston?
IAD = International Airport Dulles?
SJC = San Jose, California
TIW = Tacoma Industrial Washington
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:37 am



Quoting DanVS (Reply 6):
PDK = Peachtree / DeKalb, GA
MCO = Orlando, FL (named after Col. McCoy)

I disagree with those. McCoy is not an acronym, and the DK in PDK in only 1 word.
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:15 am

Here we go again.

JFK and CDG are not acronyms, they are abbreviations.

An acronym is a word that is made from letters shortening a longer term. A word, meaning you can say it as a word, not each letter individually, eg jay eff kay.

EICAS, FLIR, modem and IATA are examples of acronyms.
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:12 am



Quoting Andz (Reply 8):
An acronym is a word that is made from letters shortening a longer term. A word, meaning you can say it as a word, not each letter individually, eg jay eff kay.

Thank you for the information.  Smile
 
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:32 am



Quoting JetBlast (Reply 1):
BWI = Baltimore/Washington International
MIA = Miami International Airport

I''m quite sure the MIA code originates from the first 3 letters of "Miami", not from Miami International Airport. Many IATA codes do use the first 3 letters of the city's name, e.g. SEA, DEN, STL, SAN, BOS, FRA, HAM, DUS, SYD, MEL, PER, DEL, MAN and dozens of others. Also many metropolitan area codes like LON, PAR, ROM, CHI, WAS, RIO, BUE etc.
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:14 am

Would TRI fall into this category ?
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Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:19 pm

Im a little confuzzled although would LHR go? London-Heath...Row... ;D
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:50 am

IOM (Isle of Man) was the first one to pop into my head.
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:39 am



Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 13):
IOM (Isle of Man) was the first one to pop into my head.

Beat me to it. First one I thought of, too!
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:15 am



Quoting Afterburner (Thread starter):
are there airports whose IATA code are acronyms from people's

IKA = Imam Khomeiny Airport

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
I''m quite sure the MIA code originates from the first 3 letters of "Miami", not from Miami International Airport. Many IATA codes do use the first 3 letters of the city's name, e.g. SEA, DEN, STL, SAN, BOS, FRA, HAM, DUS, SYD, MEL, PER, DEL, MAN and dozens of others.

Actually, most of the airport codes throughout the world comes from the city's name they serve : BEY, ALG, SIN, MEX, MAD, BUD, DAM, IST, TUN, CAI, BRU, SOF, OUA, ATH, etc ...

Specific airport codes started to be given when several airports begun to be used to serve the same city :

LON ---> (LHR, LGW, LTN, STN)
PAR ---> (LBG, ORY, CDG)
NYC ---> (JFK, LGA, EWR)
SAO ---> (GRU, CGH, VCP)
RIO ---> (GIG, SDU)
BUE ---> (AEP, EZE)
TYO ---> (HND, NRT)
MIL ---> (LIN, MXP)
ROM ---> (FCO, CIA)
MOW ---> (SVO, DME)



etc ...
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:36 pm

SFO, OAK, PSC, PDT, YKM, RDM, MFR, CIC, EUG, BOI, ONT.... Would any of those work?
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:40 pm



Quoting Seb146 (Reply 16):
SFO, OAK, PSC, PDT, YKM, RDM, MFR, CIC, EUG, BOI, ONT.... Would any of those work?

Only OAK, and to a lesser extent BOI and ONT are acronyms.
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Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:30 am

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Quoting FlySSC (Reply 15):
Specific airport codes started to be given when several airports begun to be used to serve the same city :

And some cities with multiple airports serving the metro area do not hae a separate city code, LAX and SFO probably being the most notable examples, where the metro area code is also the primary airport code. SEA is another U.S. example of that, and quite a few others..

The last 3 cities assigned separate city codes that I can recall were Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton (YMQ/YTO/YEA) and that must have been about 20 years ago. However, Vancouver has several airports serving the metro area but it was not given a unique city code. YVR remains both the city code as well as the code for the primary airport.
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:50 pm

A list of airports named after people is here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_eponyms_of_airports

Hartford Bradley (BDL) and Rio Santos Dumont (SDU) are a couple where the abbreviations match (sort of).
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:25 pm

Of course, there's also the mnemonics that some F/A's have come up with to help them remember the less obvious airport codes:

SNA = Somewhere Near Anaheim

SDF = She's Doing Fine (filly running in the Kentucky Derby)

MSY = Much Sin Y'all

MCO = Mickey's Corporate Offices
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:20 pm



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
I''m quite sure the MIA code originates from the first 3 letters of "Miami", not from Miami International Airport.

I beleive you are right although most would argue that it stands for the letter for each individual word. The name MIA is used a lot on local news and such due to its "catchyness".
Live from the triple A (AA arena) I hate when they call it triple a) in downtown MIA is what you may find.

What about names of cities with 2 words such as SJU

San Juan. How would that work out
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:18 am



Quoting Andz (Reply 8):
A word, meaning you can say it as a word, not each letter individually, eg jay eff kay.

You're saying an acronym isn't an acronym if it's not pronounceable?

Quoting Andz (Reply 17):
Only OAK, and to a lesser extent BOI and ONT are acronyms.

Anyone else think any of those are acronyms?
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:03 am



Quoting Timz (Reply 22):
You're saying an acronym isn't an acronym if it's not pronounceable?

Not me, the dictionary:

a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, UNESCO for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/acronym

Quoting Timz (Reply 22):
Anyone else think any of those are acronyms?

Is oak too much of a tongue twister for you?  Smile
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:18 am

Hm-- never heard that about the pronounceability requirement. Gotta check some other dictionaries.

The definition you quoted excludes OAK-ONT-BOI.
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:06 am

Looks like you've got a point about pronounceability being a requirement, but there's more to it.
An acronym is a word that people actually do pronounce as a word in spoken conversation, not spelling it out. So UAW and UHF are not acronyms, even tho they're reasonably pronounceable. Ditto SMU-- people speak of to Southern Methodist University as "Ess Em You", not "smu".

So I think you're right, JFK isn't an acronym, and neither was IDL, or any other airport code that comes to mind.

IATA isn't either, is it? Do people pronounce it "yata"?
 
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:25 am

Not being in the airline business, I couldn't tellya, but for what it's worth, network folx say "yanna" when referring to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:43 pm



Quoting Timz (Reply 25):
IATA isn't either, is it? Do people pronounce it "yata"?

My wife works for an airline and everyone I have heard use it, says "eye-ata".

I'm not trying to start an argument or hijack the thread, I just think that if you are using a term you should be aware of the meaning. Acronym is a popular misnomer on this board.

Quoting Timz (Reply 24):
The definition you quoted excludes OAK-ONT-BOI.

It's open to debate. We have DUR here and people don't say DUR for the airport, they say Durban. But you can say "dur" and not "dee you arr".
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RE: Airport Iata Code As An Acronym

Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:09 am

Don't understand the requirement that an acronym must be able to be pronounced as a word.

What about BBC or FBI? Are these not acronyms?
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