What Are Some Examples of Airport Codes?


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Some airport codes include JFK in New York City, LAX in Los Angeles and DFW in Dallas-Fort Worth. Other more unique codes include ORD in Chicago and MCO in Orlando, Florida.

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What Are Some Examples of Airport Codes?
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The International Air Transport Association issues airport codes and generally assigns them according to the name of the airport or the city. JFK is an abbreviation for John F. Kennedy International Airport, while DFW is an abbreviation for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area the airport serves.

Other airports have unconventional codes because of name changes to the airports. Chicago O'Hare Airport's code is ORD because its original name was Orchard Field. Orlando International Airport uses MCO because it was originally McCoy Air Force Base.

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