goldenargosy
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Ghost Names. Recycled 3-letter Airport Codes

Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:24 pm

Since 3-letter airport codes are so scarce they can be recycled one year after they are dropped. Case in point, when Idlewild Airport became JFK, the old IDL tag was retired then reused for Indianola, Mississippi. What other ghost airport codes around the world are currently finding a second life at another airport?
 
BoeingGuy
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RE: Ghost Names. Recycled 3-letter Airport Codes

Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:43 pm

Interesting. Another interesting related subject would be using the same 3-letter code for a city that has changed names:

BOM
SGN
MAA
PEK
CAN

Come to mind off-hand.
 
iluv747400
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RE: Ghost Names. Recycled 3-letter Airport Codes

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:15 pm

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 1):
PEK
CAN

These cities did not change names. Rather, a new method of transliterating their names from Chinese to English was adopted. The airport codes are indeed, however, based on the old transliterations.
 
BlueBus
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RE: Ghost Names. Recycled 3-letter Airport Codes

Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:46 pm

Does anyone know who and how the three letter codes are chosen? Some like JFK are obvious, but others like ORD are not.
 
PacNWjet
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RE: Ghost Names. Recycled 3-letter Airport Codes

Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:02 am

Quoting BlueBus (Reply 3):
Some like JFK are obvious, but others like ORD are not.

It would appear that the ORD designator came from the fact that O'Hare Airport used to be called Orchard Field:

"Established in the early forties, O'Hare Airport began its life as an important regional manufacturing site for the Douglas Aircraft Company. In 1945, the airfield became known as the Orchard Field Airport (hence the code 'ORD'), only to be renamed again in 1949 after the famous US naval aviator Commander Edward Henry 'Butch' O'Hare."

Source: http://chicago-ohare-ord.airports-guides.com/

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