Airport code lookup

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Shows airports when a code is entered.

Example searches:
PHL -->returns Philadelphia International Airport
PHL airport -->returns Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International airport code -->returns PHL

Also, a cool feature would be to parse text and create a flight path. For example, my name in Airport Codes:


York Landing, Canada -->Toussaint Louverture, Haiti --> Biard, France
• posted 5 years and 11 months ago • type: Fathead (keyword data) In Development

I'll look into writing code for this, but I'll use wikipedia pages to do the mapping between airports<->IATA<->ICAO names
posted by [UserVoice Dario Meloni] • 5 years and 9 months ago Link
This is currently in development and should be released shortly.
posted by [UserVoice DuckDuckGo Team] • 5 years and 6 months ago Link
Dario, I can help you get better data than Wikipedia for the airport codes to names. I'm currently receiving and parsing (to SQL Server) data from the FAA on all of the U.S. Airport codes and I maintain a world airport database that has its roots in the US DoD DAFIF data but gets updated from a variety of sources. Let me know if I can help. Thanks - Greg
posted by [UserVoice Greg Johnson] • 5 years and 6 months ago Link
It would also be nice if something like this could display weather from the airport's sensors. One could parse METAR data easily enough. For US airports metar data can be found here: or, predecoded:

It would also be nice if you could see the original METAR data (maybe by default, maybe by clicking "show data" or something.
posted by samwhited 5 years and 6 months ago Link
Is a duplicate of this proposal? It seems to propose a different source for the same data. (I'd presume the primary source is IATA for the airport luggage tags.)

I tried searching for a few of these using DDG, results currently vary widely. YGK and YYZ identify correctly, based from a Wikipedia list of "IATA codes beginning with Y". LAX and SYR give no IA at all. ART gives the stock ticker symbol and not metropolitan Dexter's "international" airport.

I didn't try ICAO codes (four letters, but outside Canada+US48 have little or no relationship to IATA's tags). Amtrak's also infamous for making up its own codes for stations instead of using IATA tags.

It looks like this is a useful idea, if the disambiguation problem (what to do if the same three-letter acronym TLA belongs to an investment stock, a radio station/callsign or something other than an IATA destination) can be resolved.
posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 7 months ago Link