This article will help you distinguish the IATA airport code and city code .
IATA AIRPORT CODE
An IATA airport code, also known as an IATA location identifier, IATA station code, or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter geocode designating many airports and metropolitan areas around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used.
In international logistics, when you import or export products by air, you will need to find out the origin airport,the destination airport, air freight. All freight forwarder, airlines will use the IATA airport codes for the air freihgt quotation because the IATA airport codes will not cause errors or misunderstanting. For example, if you want your goods to be shipped to MOSCOW, there are 3 customs airport, it's better for you to named the chosen destination airport, otherwise, your freight forwarder may ship your goods to SVO2 while your customs clearing agent is in DME airport.
The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Location Identifier is a unique 3-letter code (also commonly known as IATA code) used in aviation and also in logistics to identify an airport.
Another example, Guangzhou Baiyun International airport, the assigned IATA codes is CAN . If you have products to be shipped from CAN airport, you can get the up-to-date air freight for your shipment by choosing the departure airport, CAN, and the destination airport code from Seabay Logisstics official website. There are ten of thousands of airfreight data updated every day for shiping from China to all over the world.
IATA CITY CODE
IATA 3-letter codes, the location identifier code of airports and cities around the world.
When there is only one airport in a city, IATA usually will use the part of the city name for the coding of this airport. At the same time,this 3 letter airport code will also be used as the location identifier of city, Seabay Airport Codes Finder system using CITY CODE to show that this 3 letter code also refers to the metropolitan area of the whole city. Take Shenzhen as the example, there is only one big commercial airport “Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport” in it, IATA assignes SZX to this airport and this city.
When there is a second airport, IATA usually will use other informtion to assigne the new airport since the Abbreviation of the city has been used for the first airport. For example, SHA is an abbreviation of Shanghai was assigned by IATA for the Shanghai's first airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International airport. IATA used PVG for the second airport of Shanghai, it was abbreviation of Shanghai Pudong International airport.
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