Ever wonder how an airport gets its Code?
MIA, JFK, SEA, SFO. Some airports are iconic, and it’s really easy to see where they get their names. But what about airports like MSY (New Orleans), SDF (Louisville), ORD (Chicago), EZE (Buenos Aires), and SMF (Sacramento). Now, there’s a website that will break down those strange codes for you!
Airportcod.es is a fantastically fun time sink that I’ll admit to spending hours and hours on. This site was designed and built by Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn and is maintained by them. You can contribute your own airport if its not there, but with a running total now of almost 1,100 airports in 193 countries, you can be sure that its probably on the list.
The examples above
All these descriptions are from the website:
MSY (New Orleans):
In 2001, the airport was named after jazz legend Louis Armstrong, but was previously called Moisant Field, after aviator John Moisant. Its airport code came from the nearby Moisant Stock Yards.
Before being renamed in 1995, Louisville International was known as StanDiFord Field, honoring former state senator Elisha David Standiford.
Before the airport was renamed after Medal of Honor recipient Edward O’Hare in 1949, it was known as ORcharD Field Airport.
EZE (Buenos Aires)
AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL MINISTRO PISTARINI, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Named after former Minister of Public Works, Juan Pistarini, the Buenos Aires airport’s code comes from EZEiza city where the airport is located.
When Sacramento International was built, the airport code SAC was already taken by (then named) Sacramento Municipal Airport. So it took its code from its original name, Sacramento Metropolitan Field.
Some other fun ones
Have some fun on your own looking at your home town and things near you. I’ve found that there are some really interesting international ones. Some of my favorites are KIX, MCO, ORD, MXP, RAK, RSW, SDU, FAT, SOB, and STS.