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Why did the ICAO put Kosovo "in the arctic" with regards to airport codes?

Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:42 pm

I recently discovered that ICAO airport codes starting with "B" are used for Greenland, Iceland, and... Kosovo. Does anybody know the logic behind this seemingly random grouping?
 
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Re: Why did the ICAO put Kosovo "in the arctic" with regards to airport codes?

Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:13 pm

It would normally be in the “L” region codes, but as the region was full of country codes (second letter has been used 26 times); the ICAO had to assign it a code outside of “L”, so it was B.


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Re: Why did the ICAO put Kosovo "in the arctic" with regards to airport codes?

Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:16 am

It was because the iceland military oversaw the operation of the airport around 2004. It is definitely out of place with the B; as GF said geographically belongs to the L family.

https://shape.nato.int/iceland

Being that Kosovo itself is not part of ICAO yet, NATO makes most of the administrative decisions regarding the airport.
 
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Re: Why did the ICAO put Kosovo "in the arctic" with regards to airport codes?

Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:53 pm

N47 wrote:
It was because the iceland military oversaw the operation of the airport around 2004. It is definitely out of place with the B; as GF said geographically belongs to the L family.

https://shape.nato.int/iceland

Being that Kosovo itself is not part of ICAO yet, NATO makes most of the administrative decisions regarding the airport.


It's interesting that the airport code can be decided based on that; since the L- codes are full I would have otherwise thought that the next best thing would be an E- or U- code (they could of course reassign Palestine's unused code, but that would open up a whole other can of worms).
 
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Re: Why did the ICAO put Kosovo "in the arctic" with regards to airport codes?

Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:54 am

Kosovo is one of the most recently founded states.
Reading accident reports is what calms me down
 
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Re: Why did the ICAO put Kosovo "in the arctic" with regards to airport codes?

Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:11 pm

passengerpigeon wrote:
N47 wrote:
It was because the iceland military oversaw the operation of the airport around 2004. It is definitely out of place with the B; as GF said geographically belongs to the L family.

https://shape.nato.int/iceland

Being that Kosovo itself is not part of ICAO yet, NATO makes most of the administrative decisions regarding the airport.


It's interesting that the airport code can be decided based on that; since the L- codes are full I would have otherwise thought that the next best thing would be an E- or U- code (they could of course reassign Palestine's unused code, but that would open up a whole other can of worms).


Maybe, it would be wiser to reassign all L codes not located in Europe in that move.

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