Why is LAX called LAX?

monkeybusiness Guest

Where did the X come from in LAX?

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RadarMan Chief Captain

monkeybusiness wrote:

Where did the X come from in LAX?

Every airport today has a unique three-letter identifier to streamline the process of tracking the millions of items of airport data transmitted daily, including flight plans and weather reports. Before the 1930s, existing airports used a two-letter abbreviation based on the weather station at the airports. So, at that time, LA served as the designation for Los Angeles International Airport. But, with the rapid growth in the aviation industry, the designations expanded to three letters, and LA became LAX. The letter X does not otherwise have any specific meaning in this identifier.


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CRJCapt Chief Captain

monkeybusiness wrote:

Where did the X come from in LAX?

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Faucett First Officer

Very interesting, I'd always wondered why Kansas City Intl. was MCI -

"Kansas City, Missouri became MKC and more recently the 'new' Kansas City airport chose MCI. (The code for Kansas City International Airport, MCI, was assigned during the early design phase of the airport when the name was going to be Mid-Continent International. Shortly before it opened, Kansas City officials decided to change the name so people would know what city it was in. It was too late to change the code"

Thanks CRJ!

Ann Guest

Just reading how Kansas City airport has the code MCI. Seems pretty lame that the code was already chosen and couldn’t be changed but it wasn’t too late to change the name of the airport.

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