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IATA Gives Ibaraki Airport 3-Letter Code “IBR”

IATA Gives Ibaraki Airport 3-Letter Code “IBR”

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IBR was chosen as the “three-letter code” for Ibaraki Airport in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, which will open on March 11, 2010.

On November 25, the Airport Division of the Ibaraki Prefecture Planning Department reported the information on the info page for the airport at the prefecture’s website. Three-letter codes are used to identify individual airports and are determined by the International Airport Transportation Association (IATA), which has assigned such codes for over 10,000 airports around the world. The codes are used primarily for customer service in the aviation and travel industries for use with general flight information such as rate calculations, indicating airport names on air tickets and for time tables. The letters are generally related to the name of the airport or city, such as HND for Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) and HKG for Hong Kong International Airport. Although there have been exceptions for airports that have opened in recent years, IATA gives Ibaraki Airport a code that the name suggests.

As for the “four-letter codes” determined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which codifies aircraft operations and control, the current code of RJAH for the Air Self-Defense Force’s (ASDF) Hyakuri Airbase will be used because the base shares the same operational facilities as the airport.

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