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For now, this template just includes the four-character airport code verbatim and emboldened. In the future it may include some RDF markup to display nearby airport codes. See Wikitravel:RDF Expedition/Airport codes for details.

The template is in the format {{ICAO|airportcode}}, enclosed in double-braces, bar-separated. For example, {{ICAO|KSMO}} for KSMO, Santa Monica Airport will produce ICAO: KSMO.

IATA codes in the USA are similar to ICAO codes (which have a preceding K indicating USA); for other countries there is usually no relationship between the IATA and ICAO code. Although IATA codes have been scheduled to be replaced by ICAO codes at some point, the vast majority of travellers will be more familiar with IATA codes since ICAO codes are used by air traffic control and airline operations such as flight planning. Outside of the USA, ICAO airport codes are usually hugely different from IATA codes, which are generally used for airline timetables, reservations, and baggage tags. For example, the IATA code for London's Heathrow Airport is LHR and its ICAO code is EGLL. Most travellers usually see the IATA code on baggage tags and tickets and the ICAO code is used among other things by pilots, air traffic control and flight-tracking services such as FlightAware. In general IATA codes are usually derived from the name of the airport or the city it serves, while ICAO codes are distributed by region and country.

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