Talk:Airport codes

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I have created this page as possible target for the {{IATA}} template rather than going to a Wikipedia page. However not sure there is really enough content to justify an article. Should this be a section in one of the Flying articles? If so which one? --Traveler100 (talk) 07:06, 7 September 2017 (UTC)Reply

IATA code redirects

Swept in from the pub

It seems that recently a lot of redirects have been created for the three letter IATA airport codes. Unless I am missing something here there was never a consensus or a discussion about this. However, this may in essence mean creating hundreds of new redirects. Should we have a debate on this before we do it? Hobbitschuster (talk) 14:12, 21 August 2017 (UTC)Reply

No objection in principle to creating the redirects. My only question is whether this risks creating circular redirects, now that the {{IATA}} template is implicitly turning the three-letter code into a clickable link. For instance, I create SUXSioux City and then edit Sioux City#By air to read "Sioux Gateway Airport (IATA: SUX) has nonstop service twice daily on American Eagle to Chicago-O'Hare." The link ultimately (through a redirect) points right back to the current page, in this example Sioux City, but because it's hiding behind a redirect it looks pretty and blue. These circular redirect links are not hugely harmful, but are rather useless. K7L (talk) 14:58, 21 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
There is a request to have a preference in the IATA template to disable the links. Probably would be a good idea to do this on the target page. --Traveler100 (talk) 16:30, 21 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
(edit conflict) I remember I once suggested doing it for airports that actually have their own articles, JFK and the likes, and it was deemed a good idea. Not sure if we need to do this for all airports in the world (I noticed that the redirects created over the last few days mostly were for small airports). ϒpsilon (talk) 16:32, 21 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
The idea is to direct people from the page that mentions the small or medium sized airport the city page where the airport details are, i.e. the closest location to the airport or its namesake.--Traveler100 (talk) 16:41, 21 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
I have worked out how not to have the redirect on the airport article page and allow for abbreviations for airports that match more well know ones such as USA and RPC. Also plan to change the format so that the IATA text is smaller and mouse over the TLA shows the full name of the airport or city article. Is currently in sandbox, will make live once I have checked a couple of things. --Traveler100 (talk) 11:02, 26 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
Now a little smarter, {{IATA|JFK}} now shows JFK IATA. If the TLA is a redirect then the end target page will be displayed on mouse over. If the template is used on the airport page (or city of the airport) no link will be given. --Traveler100 (talk) 18:52, 26 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
I think this should be re-addressed in relation to the vfd nomination for Rapid City's IATA code. And perhaps some more opinions than were stated here before would be helpful. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 03:30, 18 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

Additional images if the article gets longer


Move to "airport codes"?


Given that this article spends almost as much time discussing ICAO as IATA codes, should it be moved? Hobbitschuster (talk) 01:49, 12 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Sounds like it should. And that's a less technical and briefer name, so it's probably a better one. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:09, 12 January 2018 (UTC)Reply
Done --Traveler100 (talk) 07:25, 12 January 2018 (UTC)Reply