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DFW = Dallas / Fort Worth, I think.
MKE - Milwaukee. Pretty straight forward. My favorite code is YGR for Charleston Yeager airport in Charleston WV.
HEL -Helsinki airport in Finland. Love going to HEL
Used to be FBU = Fornebu (Oslo)
These days it's OSL = Oslo Gardermoen
EWR is New Joisey. New York has one football team, the Bills.
I live in HEL Some might wan’t to add another L to the end. ICAO code is EFHK which is much more boring.
STX for St Croix or Santa Cruz - the original Spanish
MEI for Meridian, MS though the airport’s name is Key Field
The Aerodrome Identifiers for any given city/airport have always been a fascinating topic for me.
Sometimes the IATA three letter code comes very close to matching the city name, and other times there's no resemblance whatsoever.
Examples of very close:
DFW for 'Dallas Fort Worth".
I give that a score of A+, given that the airport is midway between (albeit on the northern side of things) the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, with airport property in both Dallas and Tarrant Counties.
SLC - Salt Lake City, Utah
BOS - Logan Airport, Boston, MA
PHX - Phoenix, AZ
No resemblance whatsoever:
MCO - Orlando, FL
(to be fair though, the Identifier was inherited from McCoy Air Base, as that military property was decommissioned and the International Airport stood up)
BNA - Nashville, TN
Name inherited from the earlier Berry Field, which still doesn't align all that well, in my opinion.
MCI - Kansas City, MO
Named for Mid Continent Airlines, an old hometown airline based in Kansas City, and previously headquartered at the Fairfax Airport.
My nearby International Airport is
HSV - Huntsville, Alabama
One thing to note is the the full aerodrome identifier, as our friend from Finland pointed out, is actually four letters.
The ICAO Identifiers in the United States begin with a 'K'.
Accordingly, when a pilot files a flight plan from Huntsville, AL to Dallas Fort Worth, his departure point and destination are listed as KHSV and KDFW.
Australian airports have a 'Y' prefix, north European countries 'E', and South American countries 'S'.
See chart below.
Okay, I'm gonna shut up now.
It's actually from Simulated Neural Network.
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It looks like a dairy farm at a glance.
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PIK - Prestwick
The only part of UK soil that Elvis visited
It is not my local airport, but that of a number of friends, and I have flown in and out of it.
SUX - Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa.
I had always assumes it was just an abbreviation of Sioux, but according to something I found on google, the X is because it shares identifiers with the National Weather Service.
Everyone who knows it has a chuckle over it, and the airport now embraces it fully.
Baltimore Washington International
Used to be Friendship Airport. I always liked it. It sounded som...friendly
In America, designations for larger airports start with the letter K, and Canada gets a C, Brazil mostly gets an S. For instance, Des Moines is actually KDSM, O'Hare is KORD, Orlando is KMCO, KAST is in Astoria, OR etc. The reason it looks like a radio station call sign is because that is what it actually is. There will be a non-directional navigation beacon at that airport transmitting that 4 character call sign in Morse Code. Smaller airports, such as the one in my town will have a designator such as 56S, Seaside Municipal Airport in Oregon.
DRT = Del Rio, Tejas. The terminal is the size of a 7-Eleven, and you can park right in front of the front door. Not kidding.
PER - Perth, Western Australia.
pretty hard to remember
BHD goes back to the days when Belfast City airport was known as the harbour airport.
...which explains Kalamazoo: AZO is really KAZO. Hawaii and Alaska have their own prefixes: instead of K, PH for Pacific: Hawaii and PA for Pacific: Alaska.
Absolutely correct about Newark itself, but I flew through EWR last fall and it's been nicely renovated. I was dreading a 3-hour layover and was pleasantly surprised.
You beat me to it! Actually, this HEL thing is quite widely used here. In airport and all around. The city of Helsinki website is www.hel.fi and I kid you not.
Ironically, HEL isn’t even located in Helsinki, but in neighbour city of Vantaa. Same metro area. Small trivia: HEL was built because of 1952 summer olympic games.
Edit: the games were first scheduled to 1940, but was cancelled you know why.
IAD - Dulles International Airport, rearranged to avoid confusion with Denver. Named after Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and pronounced like "dull us."
DCA - Washington, DC's National Airport, later renamed Reagan National Airport and Hand Laundry.
BWI - Bawlmer/Worshnin Innernational, hon! Originally BAL and Friendship Airport, named that because much of the land for it was purchased from Friendship Methodist Church, which was razed to make way for it. Had Thurgood Marshall added to the name in the 2000s.