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us airport codes Did you ever try to make a rental car reservation or set up a flight but get stuck but you don’t know the 3 letter code of the airport? With around 40 thousand airports spread across the globe—19 thousand of which are in the United States alone—having airport codes in the US and in the 195 countries around the world are essential. All airports are universally identified by an official three-letter code, known in the aviation circle as the “International Air Transport Association (IATA) Location Identifier.” These codes make it easier for pilots, flight controllers, computers, travel agents and airport crew to identify a particular airport instead of having to say the name in full. However, it can be confusing to consumers trying to book an online flight or rental car when asked to provide a symbol.

The practice of having airport codes in the US began soon after commercial flights became a regular mode of transportation within the United States. As aviation continued to expand to worldwide status, pilots and flight controllers began assigning a specific code or local ID to airports all over the world.

During the 1930s, when the three-letter system was conceptualized, around 17 thousand different combinations existed, each one identifying a local or international airport. In the United States, however, some airport codes only made use of two-letter codes, which led to the placement of an “X” at the end. This is why the Los Angeles Airport’s code is “LAX,” Phoenix is PHX, and so on.

Typically, airport codes in the US make use of the first three letters of a particular city. For example, “ATL” is Atlanta and “ALB” is Albany. Some make use of the name of the airport in the code as opposed to the name of the city which it serves, such as New York’s “JFK,” which stands for John F. Kennedy Airport. Still others fall under peculiar combinations, like Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, which has the code “ORD.” Remember that the same city name may exist in different
states. For instance, there is an Albany, NY and also an Albany, Georgia. Also, within one area there may be two airports. The Orlando International Airport has the initials MCO. However, there is also an Orlando airport in Sanford, Florida. Be sure, that you are looking for the right airport when you do your research.

Here are the Airport Codes in the US, according to state:

Birmingham International Airport - BHM
Dothan Regional Airport - DHM
Huntsville International Airport - HSV
Mobile - MOB
Montgomery – MGM

Anchorage International Airport - ANC
Fairbanks International Airport - FAI
Juneau International Airport - JNU

Flagstaff - FLG
Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport - PHX
Tucson International Airport - TUS
Yuma International Airport - YUM

Fayetteville - FYV
Little Rock National Airport - LIT

Burbank - BUR
Fresno - FAT
Long Beach - LGB
Los Angeles International Airport - LAX
Oakland - OAK
Ontario - ONT
Palm Springs - PSP
Sacramento - SMF
San Diego - SAN
San Francisco International Airport - SFO
San Jose - SJC
Santa Ana - SNA

Aspen - ASE
Colorado Springs - COS
Denver International Airport - DEN
Grand Junction - GJT
Pueblo - PUB

Hartford - BDL

District of Columbia
Washington, Dulles International Airport - IAD
Washington National Airport - DCA

Daytona Beach - DAB
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - FLL
Fort Meyers - RSW
Jacksonville - JAX
Miami International Airport - MIA
Orlando - MCO
Pensacola - PNS
St. Petersburg - PIE
Sarasota - SRQ
Tampa - TPA
West Palm Beach - PBI
Panama City-Bay County International Airport - PFN

Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport - ATL
Augusta - AGS
Savannah - SAV

Hilo - ITO
Honolulu International Airport - HNL
Kahului - OGG
Kailua - KOA
Lihue - LIH

Boise - BOI

Chicago Midway Airport - MDW
Chicago, O’Hare International Airport - ORD
Moline - MLI
Peoria - PIA

Evansville - EVV
Fort Wayne - FWA
Indianapolis International Airport - IND
South Bend - SBN

Cedar Rapids - CID
Des Moines - DSM

Wichita - ICT

Lexington - LEX
Louisville - SDF

Baton Rouge - BTR
New Orleans International Airport - MSY
Shreveport - SHV

Augusta - AUG
Bangor - BGR
Portland - PWM

Baltimore - BWI

Boston, Logan International Airport - BOS
Hyannis - HYA
Nantucket - ACK
Worchester - ORH

Battlecreek - BTL
Detroit Metropolitan Airport - DTW
Detroit - DET
Flint - FNT
Grand Rapids - GRR
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport - AZO
Lansing - LAN
Saginaw - MBS

Duluth - DLH
Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport - MSP
Rochester - RST

Gulfport - GPT
Jackson - JAN

Kansas City - MCI
St Louis, Lambert International Airport - STL
Springfield - SGF

Billings - BIL

Lincoln - LNK
Omaha - OMA

Las Vegas, Las Vegas McCarron International Airport - LAS
Reno-Tahoe International Airport - RNO

New Hampshire
Manchester - MHT

New Jersey
Atlantic City International Airport - ACY
Newark International Airport - EWR
Trenton - TTN

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Airport - ABQ
Alamogordo - ALM

New York
Albany International Airport - ALB
Buffalo - BUF
Islip - ISP
New York, John F Kennedy International Airport - JFK
New York, La Guardia Airport - LGA
Newburgh - SWF
Rochester - ROC
Syracuse - SYR
Westchester - HPN

North Carolina
Ashville - AVL
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport - CLT
Fayetteville - FAY
Greensboro - GSO
Raleigh - RDU
Winston-Salem - INT

North Dakota
Bismark - BIS
Fargo - FAR

Akron - CAK
Cincinnati - CVG
Cleveland - CLE
Columbus - CMH
Dayton - DAY
Toledo - TOL

Oklahoma City - OKC
Tulsa - TUL

Eugene - EUG
Portland International Airport - PDX
Portland, Hillsboro Airport - HIO
Salem - SLE

Allentown - ABE
Erie - ERI
Harrisburg - MDT
Philadelphia - PHL
Pittsburgh - PIT
Scranton - AVP

Rhode Island
Providence - T.F. Green Airport - PVD

South Carolina
Charleston - CHS
Columbia - CAE
Greenville - GSP
Myrtle Beach - MYR

South Dakota
Pierre - PIR
Rapid City - RAP
Sioux Falls - FSD

Bristol - TRI
Chatanooga - CHA
Knoxville - TYS
Memphis - MEM
Nashville - BNA

Amarillo - AMA
Austin Bergstrom International Airport - AUS
Corpus Christi - CRP
Dallas Love Field Airport - DAL
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DFW
El Paso - ELP
Houston, William B Hobby Airport - HOU
Houston, George Bush Intercontinental Airport - IAH
Lubbock - LBB
Midland - MAF
San Antonio International Airport - SAT

Salt Lake City - SLC

Burlington - BTV
Montpelier - MPV
Rutland - RUT

Newport News - PHF
Norfolk - ORF
Richmond - RIC
Roanoke - ROA

Seattle, Tacoma International Airport - SEA
Spokane International Airport - GEG

West Virginia
Charleston - CRW
Clarksburg - CKB

Green Bay - GRB
Madison - MSM
Milwaukee - MKE

Casper - CPR
Cheyenne - CYS
Jackson Hole - JAC
Rock Springs - RKS

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