Fun times with IATA airport codes


Yeah, I’m a dork. No other way to explain why I find reading through lists of airport codes to be entertaining. And even more so when you start to play with the names, putting together entertaining “routings” to spell out various thing. I’m not nearly as dedicated as the folks over at Terminal U; their list is top notch. But it doesn’t include SUX or a few others I generally enjoy. But they have awesome ones like this:

FLY-ING-CAN-NOT-BEB-EAT-ENB-YAN-YTH-ING-ITI-SRE-ALC-OOL

Or, a pretty apt explanation of why I’m bothering to write this at all:

THE-WAN-DER-ING-ARA-MEA-NHA-SJE-TLA-GTO-DAY

Some days I entertain myself by finding airport codes one letter apart with actual scheduled flights. HNL-HND is one of my favorites in that category. There are others, too.

Like I said, I’m a dork.

And a special thanks to Joe for sharing that original post. I don’t know that I’d have bothered to share my idiocy had someone else not done so first.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

19 Comments

  1. You want airport codes one letter apart with scheduled flights?

    IAH-IAD is an easy one. Let’s keep going!

  2. One letter apart is quite common with Canadian airports beginning with a Y. YYZ-YYJ, YYZ-YYC, YYZ-YYT.

  3. this is a good one for the DYKWIA (too bad it’s not possible for the average flyer…):

    PIS-OFF-BUD

    That’s Poitiers to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha to Budapest!

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