The ‘Sexiest’ Airport in the U.S… is Found in Upstate New York?
Can airports really be "sexy"? Aren't they just transportation hubs? Wouldn't that be like describing a bus terminal as "arousing"?
What would make an airport "sexier" than another? Are all the travelers super fit and clad in bathing suits? Would it mean the airport has more state-of-the-art amenities? Do the baggage claim ladies give complimentary lap dances? What exactly are we even talking about here?
Unfortunately, it's nothing quite that provocative. In this instance, when we're talking about the "sexiest" airport, we're talking about...
International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport codes are three-character alphanumeric codes designated to specific airports around the world. The system was developed in the 1930s so that pilots could more easily pinpoint their locations and destinations. You're probably familiar with a few of them. JFK for John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City), ORD for Chicago O'Hare, DFW for Dallas/Fort Worth, etc.
But one airport in the U.S. has a code slightly more racy than others...
Near the town of Sidney, New York, in Delaware County, is a small airport owned by the village called Sidney Municipal Airport. It doesn't operate any commercial airlines and is mostly for private aviators. It does have a three-character alphanumeric code designated by the IATA, however, and for some reason that code is "SXY".
Why does it have that code, exactly? Who knows. According to Condé Nast Traveler:
The code might be assigned based on the name of the airport, the name of the city, or some other meaningful and relevant identifier if those letters are already taken.
Try not to drool all over the tarmac if you happen to visit this facility. You can read more about Sidney's small and "sexy" airport over at their official website.