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Metropolitan areas might be served by multiple airports. The [[IATA]] assigned easily readable airport codes to those regions which include multiple airports. The [[New York City]] area for example is served by '''John F Kennedy''' {{IATA|JFK}}, '''Newark Liberty International''' {{IATA|EWR}} and '''La Guardia''' {{IATA|LGA}}. These airports are aggregated into the NYC airport code.
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The [[IATA]], the [[FAA]], 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 area all IATA-recognized facilities necessarily included; furthermore, the inclusion or exclusion of a facility may depend on the booking system.
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For example, the {{IATA|NYC}} code, representing the [[New York City]] area, includes 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.  
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==Booking travel==
 
==Booking travel==
Some booking websites allow users to search airports in the vicinity of the given airports. Those that do not may be tricked into extending the search by using the larger area airport codes as listed below.
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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.
If you book international flights that connect through a major hub you should decide if an airport change is feasible, i.e.
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flying into the [[Buenos Aires]] Ezeiza International airport {{IATA|EZE}} and connect to a domestic flight from the local Aeroparque Jorge Newbery {{IATA|AEP}}.
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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
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your luggage. Ask your airline if they allow interlining tickets - checking your luggage through to the final destination on multiple tickets.
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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==
 
==List of airport area codes==
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===Asia===
 
===Asia===
 
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* [[Beijing]], [[China]] {{IATA|BJS}}
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** Beijing Capital International {{IATA|PEK}}
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** Nanyuan Airport {{IATA|NAY}}
  
 
* [[Osaka]], [[Japan]] {{IATA|OSA}}
 
* [[Osaka]], [[Japan]] {{IATA|OSA}}
 
** Kansai International {{IATA|KIX}}
 
** Kansai International {{IATA|KIX}}
 
** Itami {{IATA|ITM}}
 
** Itami {{IATA|ITM}}
 
* [[Tokyo]], [[Japan]] {{IATA|TYO}}
 
** Tokyo Narita {{IATA|NRT}}
 
** Tokyo Haneda {{IATA|HND}}
 
  
 
* [[Sapporo]], [[Japan]] {{IATA|SPK}}
 
* [[Sapporo]], [[Japan]] {{IATA|SPK}}
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** Gimpo International {{IATA|GMP}}
 
** Gimpo International {{IATA|GMP}}
  
* [[Beijing]], [[China]] {{IATA|BJS}}
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* [[Tokyo]], [[Japan]] {{IATA|TYO}}
** Beijing Capital International {{IATA|PEK}}
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** Tokyo Narita {{IATA|NRT}}
** Nanyuan Airport {{IATA|NAY}}
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** Tokyo Haneda {{IATA|HND}}
  
 
===Europe===
 
===Europe===
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** Chicago O'Hare International {{IATA|ORD}}
 
** Chicago O'Hare International {{IATA|ORD}}
 
** Chicago Midway International {{IATA|MDW}}
 
** Chicago Midway International {{IATA|MDW}}
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* [[Dallas]], [[United States of America]] - {{IATA|QDF}}
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** Dallas Love Field {{IATA|DAL}}
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** Dallas Fort-Worth International {{IATA|DFW}}
  
 
* [[Detroit]], [[United States of America]]- {{IATA|DTT}}
 
* [[Detroit]], [[United States of America]]- {{IATA|DTT}}
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** Detroit Coleman Young {{IATA|DET}}
 
** Detroit Coleman Young {{IATA|DET}}
 
** Willow Run/Ypsilanti {{IATA|YIP}}
 
** Willow Run/Ypsilanti {{IATA|YIP}}
 
* [[Dallas]], [[United States of America]] - {{IATA|QDF}}
 
** Dallas Love Field {{IATA|DAL}}
 
** Dallas Fort-Worth International {{IATA|DFW}}
 
  
 
* [[Edmonton]], [[Canada]] {{IATA|YEA}}
 
* [[Edmonton]], [[Canada]] {{IATA|YEA}}
 
** Edmonton International {{IATA|YEG}}
 
** Edmonton International {{IATA|YEG}}
 
** Edmonton City Center {{IATA|YXD}}
 
** Edmonton City Center {{IATA|YXD}}
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* [[Houston]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|QHO}}
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:''Recognized in Sabre and ITA''
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** Houston Bush Intercontinental {{IATA|IAH}}
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** Houston Hobby {{IATA|HOU}}
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* [[Los Angeles]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|QLA}}
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:''Recognized in Sabre and ITA; elsewhere, QLA represents Lasham Airport in [[Lasham]], [[United Kingdom]]''
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** Los Angeles International {{IATA|LAX}}
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** Ontario International {{IATA|ONT}}
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** John Wayne Orange County {{IATA|SNA}}
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** Burbank {{IATA|BUR}}
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* [[Miami]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|QMI}}
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:''Recognized in Sabre and ITA''
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** Miami International {{IATA|MIA}}
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** Ft. Lauderdale International {{IATA|FLL}}
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** Palm Beach International {{IATA|PBI}}
  
 
* [[Montreal]], [[Canada]] {{IATA|YMQ}}
 
* [[Montreal]], [[Canada]] {{IATA|YMQ}}
 
** Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International {{IATA|YUL}}
 
** Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International {{IATA|YUL}}
 
** Montreal City Center {{IATA|YMY}}
 
** Montreal City Center {{IATA|YMY}}
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* [[New York City]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|NYC}}
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** John F. Kennedy International {{IATA|JFK}}
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** Newark Liberty International {{IATA|EWR}}
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** La Guardia Airport {{IATA|LGA}}
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** Westchester County/White Plains Airport {{IATA|HPN}}
  
 
* [[New York City]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|NYC}}
 
* [[New York City]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|NYC}}
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* [[San Francisco Bay Area]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|QSF}}
 
* [[San Francisco Bay Area]], [[United States of America]] {{IATA|QSF}}
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:''Recognized in Sabre and ITA; elsewhere, QSF represents Ain Arnat Airport in [[Setif]], [[Algeria]]''
 
** San Francisco International {{IATA|SFO}}
 
** San Francisco International {{IATA|SFO}}
 
** Oakland International {{IATA|OAK}}
 
** Oakland International {{IATA|OAK}}

Revision as of 20:34, 27 November 2010

    This article is a travel topic

The IATA, the FAA, 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 area 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, representing the New York City area, includes 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.


Contents

Booking travel

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

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


Airports are listed by decreasing importance for international travel. Some flight search engines might include not all airports into their queries.

Asia

Europe

  • London, United Kingdom IATA: LON
    • London Biggin Hill IATA: BQH
    • London City IATA: LCY
    • London Gatwick IATA: LGW
    • London Luton IATA: LTN
    • London Heathrow IATA: LHR
    • London-Liverpool Street Station (British Rail Terminal for STN) IATA: ZLS
    • London-Paddington Rail Terminal (British Rail Terminal for LHR) IATA: QQP
    • London-St Pancras Rail Terminal (Eurostar and British Rail Terminal for LTN) IATA: QQS
    • London Southend IATA: SEN
    • London Stansted IATA: STN
    • London-Victoria Station (British Rail Terminal for LGW) IATA: ZEP
    • London-Waterloo Rail Station (former Eurostar) IATA: QQW
  • Rome, Italy IATA: ROM
    • Leonardo da Vinci International (Fiumicino) IATA: FCO
    • Giovan-Battista Pastine International (Ciampino) IATA: CIA

North America

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
Recognized in Sabre and ITA; elsewhere, QSF represents Ain Arnat Airport in Setif, Algeria
    • San Francisco International IATA: SFO
    • Oakland International IATA: OAK
    • Norman Y. Mineta San José International IATA: SJC

South America

  • 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
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