Every airport in the world has a unique three letter abbreviation that distinguishes it from all other airports. These IATA Airport Codes are designated by the International Air Transport Association. (Hence the IATA part.) LAX is the abbreviation for Los Angeles International.
I was just wondering to myself the other day why LAX was known so widely by it's code. I often refer to towns in my area by their codes because I know them and it's my own form of shorthand. But outside of pilots, few people know very many of these codes. I supposed that the reason LAX goes so easily by it's code is that Los Angeles is already abbreviated LA to residents and others. So, LAX just seems to follow. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to guess.
Jan 07 04, 9:46 PM
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