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Airport / City Code Training

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City Codes and Exercises

Codes consisting of the first three letters of the city's name

SEA Seattle, WA DAY Dayton,OH
MEM Memphis, TN ANC Anchorage, AK
OMA Omaha, NE MOB Mobile, AL/Pascagoul~ MS
FAR Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN STL St. Louis, MO
BIS Bismarck/Mandan, ND ROC Rochester, NY
ALB Albany, NY LAS Las Vagus, NV
MIA Miami, FL SAN San Diego, CA
ONT Ontario, CA HOU Houston, TX
CLE Cleveland, OH TUL Tulsa,OK
BUF Buffalo, NY PIT Pittsburgh PA
RAP Rapid Cit, SD SYR Syracuse, NY
LAN Lansing, MI ATL Atlanta, GA
IND Indianapolis, IN AUS Austria TX
BOS Boston, MA LIT Little Rock, AR

Codes derived from the city/airport name

PHX Phoenix,AZ ICT Wichita, KS
DSM Des Moines, IA BHM Birmingham, AL
PHL Philadelphia PA BTR Baton Rouge, LA
GRR Grand Rapids, MI PVD Providence, RI
SBN South Bend, IN MSO Missoula, MT
TPA Tampa FL BZN Bozeman MT
FWA Fort Wayne, IN GTF Great Falls, MT
OKC Oklahoma City,OK RST Rochester, MN
GPT Gulfport/Biloxi, MS GFK Gland Forks, ND
TUS Tucson,AZ MOT Minot, ND
HSV Huntsville/Decatur, AL CID Cedar Rapids, IA
HNL Honolulu, HI SMF Sacramento, CA
EWR Newark, NJ SLC Salt Lake City, UT
ORF Norfolk, VA DLH Duluth, MN/Superior, WI
HDN Steamboat Springs (Hayden), CO MKE Milwaukee, WI
TVC Traverse City, MI FLL Fort Lauderdale, FL
RSW Fort Myers, FL GRB Green Bay, WI

Codes of cities with more than one airport
 

If a city has more than one airport, it is important to indicate the airport the flight is going to or departing from. The following are some examples of cities with multiple airports.
 

New York City La Guardia LGA
J.F. Kennedy JFK
Newark EWR
Washington, D.C Dulles International IAD
Washington National DCA
Chicago O'Hare International ORD
Midway MDW

Airports serving more than one city

DFW Dallas/Fort Worth, TX MOB Mobile, AL/Pascagoul, MS
BDL Hanlord/Springfield, CT SEA Seattle/Tacoma, WA
SRQ Sarasota/Bradenton, FL MBS Saginaw/Bay CityIMidland
GPT Gulfport/Biloxi, MS DLH Duluth, MN/Superior, Wi
MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN BUF Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY
BIS Bismarck/Mandan, ND FAR Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN

Other City Codes

CMH Columbus OH SRQ Sarasota, FL
CVG Cincinnati, OH BNA Nashville, TN
FSD Sioux Falls, SD MSY New Orleans, LA
MCI Kansas City, MO MCO Orlando, FL
PDX Portland,OR GEG Spokane, WA
TYS Knoxville, TN BDL Hanlord, CT
LAX Los Angeles, CA SDF Louisville, KY
VPS Ft. Walton Beach FL SJC San Jose, CA
ORD Chicago, IL

The code for Columbus, Ohio, is CMH. This is taken from the letters of the city and state, Columbus, Ohio. The airport serving Columbus is Port Columbus International Airport.

The code for Cincinnati, Ohio, CVG, is taken from the name of the airport which is located across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky. The airport serving Cincinnati is named the Greater Cincinnati Airport.

The code for Kansas City International Airport is MCI. In this case, the airport is actually setting two states: Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.

The airport serving Knoxville, Tennessee is Tyson Field. Therefore, the code for Knoxville is TYS. Likewise, Bradley Field is the name of the airport in Hartford/Springfield and the code is BDL. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is named after Orchard Field (ORD).

Some cities use a military airport and the code is derived from the names of the city and the airport. Examples: Orlando, Florida-McCoy Field-MCO; Washington, D.C. - International airport Dulles IAD; Washington D.C. National airport-DCA.

The code for Sioux Falls, South Dakota is FSD, derived from the airport name, Joe Foss Field. Another easy way to remember the code is Falls South Dakota.

Ft. Walton Beach, Florida is served by the airport called Valparaiso. The code is VPS.

 

Some cities use the alphabet at random for their code. These include:

New Orleans, LA BNA
Nashville, TN MSY
 
Canada
Alberta YYC Calgary
YEG Edmonton
British Columbia YVR Vancouver
Manitoba YWG Winnipeg
Nova Scotia YHZ Halifax
Ontario YOW Ottawa
YQT Thunder Bay
YYZ Toronto
Quebec YUL Montreal
YQB Quebec
Saskatchewan YQR Regina
YXE Saskatoon
 
The Caribbean
Antigen ANU Leeward Island
Cayman Islands GCM Grand Cayman, B.W.I
Jamaica MBJ Montage Bay
Netherlands Antilles Sal St. Maarten
Providenciales PLS Turks and Caicos Islands
Puerto Rico SJU SanJuan
 
Mexico
ACA Acapulco
CUN Cancun
CZM Cozumel
MEX Mexico City
PVR Puerto Vallarta
SJD San Jose De Cabo
ZIH Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
 
Asia
Guam Island GUM Guam (Agana)
Japan KIX Osaka (Kansas)
NRT Togo (Narita)
NGO Nagoya
FUK Fukuoka
People's Republic of China SHA Shanghai
HKG Hong Kong
PEK Beijing
Philippines MNL Manila
Saipan SPN Saipan, Marina Islands
Singapfire SIN Singapore
South Korea SEL Seoul
Taiwan TPE Taipei
Thailand BKK Bangkok
 
Europe
England LGW London (Gatwick)
Germany FRA Frankfurt
France CDG Paris (Charles de Gaulle)
The Netherlands AMS Amsterdam
 
India DEL New Delhi
BOM Mumbai

Exercise #1

Write the city name for each of the following city codes.
 

LIT ________ BOS _________
VPS ________ MSP _________
ALB ________ ATL _________
DTW ________ MDW _________
OMA ________ IND _________
MKE ________ SRQ _________
FAR ________ MEM _________
BWI ________ LIX _________
BIS ________ STL _________
BNA ________ MCI _________
CLE ________ MOB _________

Exercise #2

Write the city code for each of the following cities.
 

Billings, MT ______ Syracuse, NY ______
Tucson, AZ ______ Gulfport/Biloxi, MS ______
Cleveland, OH ______ Anchorage, AK ______
Newark, NJ ______ Steamboat Springs (Hayden), CO ______
Albany, NY ______ Atlanta, GA ______
Traverse City, MI ______ Fort Wayne, IN ______
Miami, FL ______ Lansing, MI ______
Oklahoma City, OK ______ Philadelphia, PA ______
Omaha, NE ______ Seattle, WA ______
Tampa, FL ______ Grand Rapids, MI ______
Buffalo, NY ______ Rochester, NY ______
Honolulu, HI ______ Des Moines, IA ______
Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN ______ Houston, TX ______
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI ______ South Bend, IN ______
Bismarck, ND ______ Boston, MA ______

International City Codes

Exercise #1

Write the city name for each of the following city codes.

AMS __________________ BOM ___________________
LGW __________________ FRA ___________________
CDG __________________ SPN ___________________
NRT __________________ HKG ___________________
NGO __________________ ZIH ___________________
GCM __________________ MBJ ___________________
SXM __________________ YHZ ___________________
YQR __________________ YYC ___________________
YYZ __________________ MBJ ___________________
GCM __________________ CUN ___________________

Exercise #2

Write the city code for each of the following cities.

Edmonton, Alberta ________ Winnipeg, Manitoba _______
Montreal, Quebec ________ St. Marten, Jamaica _______
San Juan, Puerto Rico ________ Acapulco, Mexico _______
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ________ Guam, Guam Island _______
Oska (Kansai), Japan ________ Beijing, China _______
Singapore ________ Seoul, South Korea _______
Taipei, Taiwan ________ Paris, France _______
New Delhi, India ________ Mumbai, India _______

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