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Metropolitan Area Airport Codes

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The IATA, the FAA (US Federal Aviation Administration), and various booking engines have assigned "city codes" which represent several airports serving a metropolitan area. Not every region served with multiple airports is assigned a location identifier, however, nor are all IATA-recognized facilities necessarily included; furthermore, the inclusion or exclusion of a facility may depend on the booking system.

For example, the IATA: NYC code, represents the New York City area, including flights to John F Kennedy International Airport IATA: JFK, Newark Liberty International Airport IATA: EWR and LaGuardia Airport IATA: LGA. In some systems, Westchester County Airport IATA: HPN is also included; however, IATA: ZYP (New York Penn Station), IATA: ISP (Islip Airport), and IATA: JRA (West 30th Street Heliport) are generally not.


Booking travel[edit]

Metropolitan area airport codes are handy for simplifying flight searches into or out of a region. Some booking engines which include airports based on distance from a point can be tricked into extending the search through use of the city code.

Extra caution is advised when booking connecting flights, however, as the inbound leg may arrive at a different airport from the outbound leg, necessitating a ground transfer that may be costly or time-consuming. In particular, many major cities channel most international flights through one airport and most domestic or short-haul flights into a different one.

Smaller domestic airports are more likely to be served by low cost airlines but that might also force you to re-check your luggage. Ask your airline if they allow interlining tickets — checking your luggage through to the final destination on multiple tickets.

List of airport area codes[edit]

This is not a listing of all airport codes; this is a list of those special codes that cover multiple airports.

Metropolitan areas are organised alphabetically; first by region then by area. Many flight search engines may not recognise all these group codes when making queries.

Asia[edit]

Europe[edit]

  • Rome, Italy IATA: ROM
    • Leonardo da Vinci International (Fiumicino) IATA: FCO
    • Giovan-Battista Pastine International (Ciampino) IATA: CIA

North America[edit]

Recognized in Sabre and ITA
    • Houston Bush Intercontinental IATA: IAH
    • Houston Hobby IATA: HOU
Recognized in Sabre and ITA; elsewhere, QLA represents Lasham Airport in Lasham, United Kingdom
    • Los Angeles International IATA: LAX
    • Ontario International IATA: ONT
    • John Wayne Orange County IATA: SNA
    • Burbank IATA: BUR
Recognized in Sabre and ITA
    • Miami International IATA: MIA
    • Ft. Lauderdale International IATA: FLL
    • Palm Beach International IATA: PBI
  • Toronto, Canada IATA: YTO
    • Lester B. Pearson International IATA: YYZ
    • Toronto City Center IATA: YTZ
    • Kitchener-Region of Waterloo International Airport IATA: YKF

South America[edit]

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil IATA: RIO
    • Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport IATA: GIG (better known as Galeão International Airport)
    • Aeroporto Santos Dumont IATA: SDU
  • São Paulo, Brazil IATA: SAO
    • Aeroporto Internacional Guarulhos IATA: GRU
    • Congonhas International Airport IATA: CGH
    • Viracopos – Campinas International Airport IATA: VCP
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