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Fish has been covering aviation and transportation security issues since September 15, 2001, after walking away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan following four days of documenting the worst aviation security disaster in history.

Having spent more than a decade-and-a-half as a full-time photojournalist, Fish now divides his time between building social media and social commerce strategies and solutions for global travel brands, along with researching aviation and transportation security.

Growing up at the end up New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L probably explains Fish’s enjoyment of watching planes fly overhead. When not working or shooting photos, Fish can be found playing with (and cleaning up after) his three kids, chasing his dogs, standing in the kitchen cooking, monitoring radios public safety and federal radios and of course cheering for the Red Sox.

You can find Fish on Twitter at @flyingwithfish …and … join Fish every Thursday at 3:30pm EST as he hosts the weekly #TNI #Travel Chat on Twitter.

Reader Mail : What Are Some Funny & Odd Airport Codes?

Airport codes, every commercial airport has a three letter airport code … and this week’s reader mail, from Dane in Philadelphia, asks “I know with all the possible three letter airport code combinations there must be some funny or odd airport codes. Do you know of any that make passengers chuckle?

Well Dane … as a matter of fact I can think of quite a few IATA Airport Codes that make passengers laugh or sometimes blush.

Before I dive into airport codes themselves, this reader mail comes right after I heard a funny airline code joke from Dan Webb, author of fellow BoardingArea.com blog Things In The Sky.   Dan says he wants to fly from Telluride, Colorado to Mexico City so he can fly the TEX-MEX route.

That said … I do know a photographer who has flown from Fresno, California to Fukuoka, Japan for a job … and found himself laughing when he realized he was flying from FAT to FUK.

OK … on with some funny and odd airport codes.

If you’re a fan of Bill The Cat, check out Nantucket in Massachusetts, its airport code  is “ACK!”

Love The Simpsons? Take a flight to Doha in Qatar and you’ll find yourself saying “DOH!”  You can also fly to Coquimbo in Chile and say “Don’t have a COW.”  I bet Homer Simpson would like Alpine Texas where he’d find himself landing at ALE.

Shocked easily? Head to Omega Airport in Nambia so you’re bag tags can be tagged with OMG!  Like to laugh? Then head to Derby Field in Pershing County, Nevada and you’ll find yourself at LOL.

Like to party? Head over to Tuvalu Island’s International Airport in the South Pacific and you’ll put your wheels down at FUN.

This one is for Mary Kirby who writes Flight Global’s Runway Girl blog … Pocos De Caldas Airport in Brazil is good for POO while Bolshoye Savino Airport in Perm Russia is for those who prefer PEE.

Looking for a good Mother’s Day trip? Check out Letfotar_Airport in Moudjeria Mauritania, it’s airport code is MOM.  Father’s Day is right after Mother’s Day … maybe a quick trip to Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam for DAD.

In a foul mood? Maybe check out Samcheok Airport in South Korea … it’s the SUK.  South Korea to far away? Then visit Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City Iowa, their slogan is “Fly SUX.”

Maybe you’re the CFO of a failing corporation? If so, check out New Caledonia’s Ile Ouen Airport and get an IOU.

Looking for a little something bawdy? Then visit Sembach Airport in Germany to find SEX.

Involved in a government conspiracy? You mind find answers at Rome’s Ciampino Airport … otherwise known as CIA.

Everyone loves pets (OK, not everyone, my brother especially) … but if you’re an animal lover check out Cat Island in the Bahamas to visit CAT or stroll over to Dongola Airport in the Sudan if you prefer a DOG.

Want to think dirty thoughts in a clean city? Then Changi International Airport is the place to be since its a SIN.

Alaska’s Summit Airport and Willow Airport make up a comment my daughter is likely to say UMM WOW.

I can go on … but I’ll leave you with Hati’s Les Cayes Airport … CYA!

Happy Flying!

9 Responses

  1. At the time i’ve read this post, another airport come to my mind. In fact, it’s not a airport code, it’s the name of the airport. It’s not working yet, still at the project phase. The name is “OR-GI Airport”. The name come from two cities, Ordu and Giresun where this airport will be built between. It’s in Turkey by the way.

    Lots of joke have been made up around the name :)

    p.s. Do i need to say why this name is odd? (OR-GI —> orgy)

  2. You could always fly to Osaka- just for KIX of course!!!! ;P

  3. A favorite topic – but could go on forever – Good fun!
    Robert @airgatesolution

  4. You forgot MAD !

  5. […] with Fish recently had a very interesting article on airport codes. He shared some very interesting airport codes from CIA to SUX. Airport codes fascinate me. I even […]

  6. Pensacola’s code is PNS…..

  7. and when I was a travel agent intern in high school, I priced a trip to EAR. Kearney, Nebraska.

  8. […] You can find off the beaten trail airport codes, but very funny ones in this post by Flying with Fish. […]

  9. […] the world have long since laughed at unusual airport codes, which I previously wrote about here, Reader Mail : What Are Some Funny & Odd Airport Codes? When you’re airport’s slogan is “Fly SUX,” such as Sioux City’s Sioux […]

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