So You Think You Know Airport Codes? Test Your Knowledge. Part Three.
…but first, here is a little history about airport codes…
The International Civil Aviation Organizationis a specialized agency of the United Nations, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, which is also known as the Chicago Convention.
Airport codes designated by the International Civil Aviation Organization are comprised of four letters. The first letter generally designates a specific region; while the second letter may designate a more finite region in many areas.
For example, K is used for the continental United States — such as KATL for Atlanta and KLAS for Las Vegas — but P is used for Alaska, Hawaii, and other territories of the United States in the northern Pacific Ocean. Examples include PANC for Anchorage, PHNL for Honolulu, and PGUM for Guam.
S represents all of South America — for example, SAEZ is Buenos Aires. Y represents all of Australia — for example, YSSY for Sydney.
International Air Transport Association
The International Air Transport Associationrepresents, leads, and serves the airline industry to improve understanding of the air transport industry among decision makers and increase awareness of the benefits that aviation brings to national and global economies. Advocating for the interests of airlines across the globe, we challenge unreasonable rules and charges, hold regulators and governments to account, and strive for sensible regulation.
Codes for airports and railway stations are comprised of three letters as designated by the International Air Transport Association. The three letters can simply represent the geographic location of the airport or railway station — or they could be based on the history or founding of the airport or railway station.
In the United States and Canada, International Air Transport Association codes are typically based on International Civil Aviation Organization codes. In the United States, the only difference between the codes is the addition of the letter K — for example as mentioned before, ATL for Atlanta is KATL and LAS for Las Vegas is KLAS. In Canada, the only difference between the codes is the addition of the letter C — for example, YYZ for Toronto is CYYZ and YVR for Vancouver is CYVR.
For most other airports around the world, International Civil Aviation Organization codes and International Air Transport Association do not resemble each other — for example:
JNB for Johannesburg is FAJS
FCO for Rome is LIRF
NRT for Tokyo is RJAA
EZE for Buenos Aires is SAEZ
AKL for Auckland is NZAA
Here are 50 additional airport codes which continue this series of articles:
Final Boarding Call
The articles are not meant to be an exhaustive list of airport codes — but they will highlight at least 600 of them.