Today I will depart on an around the world journey visiting several Les Clefs d’Or Colleagues as well as attending two significant Zone Meetings: Our first ever Asian Congress in Hong Kong and then our Central European Zone Meeting for the first time in Moscow, Russia. Let us see how many of my fellow travelers can decipher the IATA Airport Code System:
An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used. Therefore my trip beginning later today will take me through the following codes: EWR-HKG-MOW-KBP-ODS-PRG-JFK.
The assignment of these codes is governed by IATA Resolution 763, and it is administered by IATA headquarters in Montreal. The codes are published biannually in the IATA Airline Coding Directory. Most countries use ICAO codes, not IATA codes, in their official aeronautical publications. Larger and more significant cities also have more than airport hence more than one code as well.
Let’s see who can decipher the IATA codes on this around the world journey??