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OMG? SUX? What’s Your Favorite Airport Code?

OMG! LOL! Turns out Internet speak and airport codes have something in common after all. Though in airline parlance, OMG refers to Omega Airport in Namibia, not “Oh My God,” and LOL is Derby Field in Nevada, not “Laugh Out Loud.”

Unusual airport codes can add a note of humor to the booking process, and baggage tags bearing the airport code on checked luggage offer a unique souvenir of your travels.

Want more? Happy to oblige!

Does the mere thought of flying make you say ACK (Nantucket, MA), BOO (Bodo, Norway), or WOW (Willow, AK)? You can really go to HEL and back if you fly through Helsinki’s Vantaa Airport. Passengers who complain about cattle-car service might wonder why more airlines don’t fly to COW in Coquimbo, Chile. And if you want to see an airport that’s truly a DUD, check out Dunedin International in New Zealand.

At least a few destinations actually celebrate their quirky airport codes. Sioux City has capitalized on its SUX label, and sells T-shirts and other items bearing the code. And Nantucket ACK shirts are available online. 

There are many more funny airport codes. What are your favorites?

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