I wrote a few weeks ago that I have been to 212 unique airports in 48 countries. Each of these airports, like most airports across the world has a three letter code which appears at ticketing, on documents and in airline routing procedures. Some codes are obvious eg SYD for Sydney or SFO for San Francisco and some of these codes can be quite obscure. eg EZE is Buenos Aires or IAD is Washington Dulles or ORD is Chicago O’Hare.
If I am ever unsure of an airport code, there are two places I turn:
- The website airportcod.es, is a lot of fun. The work of two people Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn, it lists over 1000 airport codes in the world in a very attractive and informative format. The site gives advice on why the airport has that name and sometimes other relevant information. I must admit, I like playing and dreaming!
- The other is IATA’s own site: www.iata.org/publications/Pages/code-search.aspx which is much less “pretty” and gives more basic (but still useful) information:
airportcod.es has one airport starting with Q that would be useful in getting to airports whose codes start wih all 26 letters:
They have identified quite a few beginning with U! My aim is to travel to Koh Samui (USM) in September this year to get my 24th letter!
Most of the airport codes beginning with X are in China except for Christmas Island, Australia:
How would you go if you listed all of your airport codes: A to Z? Where has been the most obscure airport(s) you have been to?