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Airport codes are used to uniquely identify the world’s airports. Below are a list of the main airports throughout the world that Netflights flies from and to:

International Airport Codes

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is currently one the fastest growing airports in the world – by the time current expansion work is complete in 2012 it will more than double the number of passengers it can currently handle.

Auckland: Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, and is the second busiest airport in Australasia for international passengers.

Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) opened in September 2006, with the name – meaning ‘land of gold’ – chosen as a reference to the fabled golden kingdom in Southeast Asian folklore. At 132m, the busy airport has the world’s tallest control tower, and the world’s third largest single-building airport terminal.

Beijing: Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is the second busiest airport in the world, with over 70 million passengers passing through in 2010. A new terminal building was opened to coincide with the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Brisbane: Brisbane International Airport (BNE) is Australia’s third busiest airport. In the 2009 Skytrax World Airport Awards it was voted the best airport in Australia and won the friendliest staff award for the Asia Pacific region.

Cape Town: Cape Town International Airport (CPT) was expanded considerably in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The airport won the Skytrax award for the best airport in Africa in 2009.

Dubai: Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the largest aviation hub in the Middle East, and the 15th busiest passenger airport in the world. Terminal 3 – which opened in 2008 – is the single largest building in the world by floor space.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is the product of a fairly unique feat of engineering, built almost entirely on land reclaimed from the sea around the tiny island of Chek Lap Kok. The project began in 1991 and involved the creation of almost 10km² of ‘new land’.

Johannesburg: OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) is named after former ANC President and anti-apartheid activist Oliver Tambo. The airport is the busiest in Africa and one of only three in the world which offer direct flights to all inhabited continents of the world.

Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) is a modern airport, occupying one of the largest airport sites in the world. Terminal buildings are designed to allow plentiful natural light into the building with huge expanses of glass throughout, and a spectacular roof with cut-out sections.

Las Vegas: McCarran International Airport (LAS) was the 15th busiest airport in the world by 2008 figures – the gateway for millions of tourists to the bright lights of The Strip. Being Las Vegas, the airport has more than 1,234 slot machines throughout the airport terminals.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was the 6th busiest airport in the world in 2009 and is the busiest in California. The ‘X’ in the airport code has no specific meaning, and serves only to create a three letter code for identifying the airport.

Manila: Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is relatively small player on the world airport scene, registering as 51st busiest passenger airport in 2009. The airport is named after politician Benigno.

Melbourne: Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is also known as also known as Tullamarine Airport and is the second busiest in Australia. A $330 million expansion programme is underway for Terminal 2 to redesign the key functions of the building and increase baggage capacity.

Miami: Miami International Airport (MIA) is situated 8 miles north of downtown Miami and is the largest airport in Florida by passenger numbers. The semi-circular terminal building dates back to the 1950s, but has seen many new additions over the years.

New York: New York City has two international airports serving Europe. John F Kennedy International (JFK) is the busiest international gateway to USA, while Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is the tenth busiest airport in the United States.

Orlando: Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the 13th busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. The airport code MCO stands for the airport's former name, McCoy Air Force Base, used by the US Air Force until 1975.

Perth: Perth International Airport (PER) is the fourth busiest airport in Australia. Perth Airport has recently announced a redevelopment plan that will facilitate further growth in passenger numbers.

San Francisco: San Francisco International (SFO) was the tenth busiest in the United States in 2009, and the twentieth largest airport in the world. Free Wi-Fi is available to the public throughout most of the terminal area.

Shanghai: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) was the third busiest airport in mainland China in 2009. Current airport plans include the building of a third passenger terminal, a satellite terminal and two additional runways by 2015 - to significantly raise the airport’s capacity.

Singapore: Singapore International Airport (SIN) was the fifth busiest in Asia by passenger traffic in 2009. The airport has over 70,000m2 of shopping and eating outlets, and outsells all other shopping malls in Singapore, with a wide range of outlets including Prada and Gucci.

Sydney: Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD) is named after Kingsford ‘Smithy’ Smith, a pioneering Australian aviator. The airport is the busiest in Australia, and was the 28th busiest airport in the world in 2009.

Tampa: Tampa International Airport (TPA) is well-known for it’s attractive architecture and pioneering 1960s design of a central terminal connected by people movers to satellite airline gates. In 2009 the airport was the 26th busiest in the world for passenger traffic.

Toronto: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. It is the largest and busiest airport in Canada, and the 20th busiest passenger airport in the world.

Washington: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is a busy hub airport for the USA, found 26 miles from Washington DC. The main terminal building is a well-known landmark designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen.

UK Airport Codes

London: London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the UK’s busiest airport, and handles more international passengers per year than any other airport in the world.

London: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the UK’s second biggest airport and the busiest single runway airport in the world!

London: London Stansted Airport (STN) is situated just outside London, and has a floating roof which was designed to look like a swan in flight.

Manchester: Manchester Airport (MAN) is the UK’s fourth busiest airport and serves over 180 destinations.

Birmingham: Birmingham Airport (BHX) has recently completed a £1.5 million redevelopment of its terminal buildings to increase efficiency and the passenger experience.

Newcastle: Newcastle International Airport (NCL) is the 12th busiest airport in the UK and flies to a combination of domestic and international destinations.

Liverpool: Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) is an international airport, names after John Lennon, a member of the Beatles who was originally from Liverpool.

Glasgow: Glasgow International Airport (GLA) is the second busiest airport in Scotland and is planning redevelopment which will increase passenger numbers to 24 million a year.

Edinburgh: Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is Scotland’s busiest airport and has recently completed a £40 million extension to the departure lounge.

Aberdeen: Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) is an international airport which is also the base for the North Sea helicopter operations.