Sunday, September 26, 2010

Airport EATeries

We all know that the place to EAT is Wenatchee, WA (its 3 letter code).

Best Airport Eateries
Wall Street Journal
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010
—Jackie Cooperman

Fed up with indecent cuisine and infuriating service, enterprising restaurateurs are bringing gustatory pleasure back to travel, opening airport wine bars and plying flyers with charcuterie on the run.

Vino Volo wine bars and shops, at 10 airports including Seattle-Tacoma International, Washington Dulles, Baltimore BWI and New York's JFK. AMBIENCE: The wine bars are sleek and quiet; the attached wine stores have helpful salespeople. EAT: Marcona olives roasted with rosemary; smoked salmon rolls with crabmeat; braised pork tacos with fresh cabbage slaw. DRINK: The wine flights: World Value Reds, Shades of White.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The stories behind oddly named airport codes. PEE? SUX?

Rick Seaney, who runs a website named, wrote an article featured on ABC News Travel about the history behind some notable airport codes. He mentions the story behind LAX, ORD, PHX, CVG, and more. It's a fun read. offers products for many of the cool locations he mentions (sorry folks from PEE, still no Air Wear available).

The Wacky Logic Behind Airport Codes
How Do They Come Up With Airport Codes? Rick Seaney Explains

Sept. 22, 2010 —

Most of you fliers out there are familiar with JFK, LAX and DFW -- the airport codes for New York's Kennedy, Los Angeles International and Dallas-Ft. Worth. But how many of you have flown to SUX?

Yes, SUX - the airport code for Sioux City, Iowa. Luckily, residents there have a sense of humor; instead of bemoaning their unfortunate appellation, they celebrate it: the airport's website sells souvenirs including t-shirts and caps emblazoned with the bold SUX logo.

It could be worse. It appears a kindergartner might have had a hand in picking some of these airport codes: Russia's Bolshoye Savino Airport is stuck with the unlovely designation PEE, while Brazil's Poco De Caldas Airport has to live with POO. Then there's Rotorua, New Zealand ROT while Louisiana's Barksdale Air Force Base is just plain BAD.

Ever wonder how these codes came into being and what they mean? I'm going to tell you, plus I'll give more examples of truly weird ones. Like FAT and GRR.

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First things first: FAT is the airport code for Fresno, Calif. (and from what I understand, the locals aren't crazy about it); and while GRR may sound like an anger management therapy center, it's actually the code for Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Where do these codes come from?

The assignment of these codes is administered by the Montreal-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the codes cover locations (mainly airports) around the globe.

A lot of these codes are no brainers: LGA stands for LaGuardia in New York, HOU is for Houston's Hobby Airport and SLC is for Salt Lake City.

History of Airport Codes

But what about, say, LAX -- where did that "X" come from? It goes back to the early days of passenger air travel when airports simply used the same two letter codes that the National Weather Service used for cities, never dreaming they'd ever need more letters for more combinations. When they did, some airports simply added an "X" to their name, and that's why you have LAX or PHX for Phoenix.

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