What are airport codes?
Airport codes are 3-letter airport abbreviations created by The International Air Transport Association (IATA) to facilitate efficient communication throughout the industry and are commonly used in passenger reservation, ticketing, and baggage-handling systems. Let’s face it, it’s a whole lot easier to describe Boston’s Logan Airport as BOS and New York’s John Fitzgerald Kennedy Airport as JFK.
Do flight attendants need to know these airport codes?
As a flight attendant, you’ll use these codes every day. You’ll need to know them for reading your own flight schedule, assisting passengers with their tickets, and for connections announcements. One of the first tests you’ll be given in new-hire training is the airport codes test. You’ll be required to know every airport code for every one of your airline’s destination cities. And there’s not much room for error; most airlines require you to score at least 90% to pass!
Since crew members generally relate an airport code to the nearest city served by that airport, you will not need to know the specific name of the airport on the tests, only the city it serves. If you want only the codes of cities served by an individual airline, go to the airline’s route map or destination listing on that airline’s website.
We have over 645 airport codes in our database, so we’ve organized the tests into groups (sorted alphabetically) to make them easier to study and learn. Please click on a link below to get started: