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Metropolitan Area Airport Codes

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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 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.

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.



  • 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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