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Metropolitan Area Airport Codes

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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 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, 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.


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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