Airport codes are those three-letter designations that can either bloom a smile (NYC or LON or HNL), a frown (e.g., ADL) or a full-body chuckle (FUK or POO or PEE).

And although the letters chosen to represent cities around the world are based on official reasons, it’s possible to have your own interpretation…

Here are seven Australian city airport codes that actually reflect what that airport is all about.


1. Sydney (SYD)


S – is for the seriously expensive coffee inside the airside terminal.

Y – is for the passenger screening staff who prefer yelling over calmly giving instructions.

D – is for the dodgy Wi-Fi that keeps cutting in and out.


2. Melbourne (MEL)


M – is for the micro-loan you’ll need to take out just to park here.

E – is for the electronic passport readers that never actually work.

L – is for the long queues that inevitably form because of the above.


3. Adelaide (ADL)


A – is for the inevitable, “and why on God’s earth are you going to Adelaide?”

D – is for the limited drop off and pick up area.

L – is for the dirty airport loos.


4. Gold Coast (OOL)


O – is for the ocker accent you hear behind the check-in counter.

O – is for the overcrowded toilets.

L – is for the tiny international departure lounge that can only fit a few souls.


5. Perth (PER)


P – is for the paltry choice of food and coffee options.

E – is the expensive ($45+) taxi fare to the CBD.

R – is for the recently renovated terminals.


6. Brisbane (BNE)


B – is for the brr you’ll feel inside this freezing cold airport.

N – is for the not enough staff and long waiting times.

E – is for the ample electrical sockets and charging stations found inside the terminal.


7. Carins (CNS)


C – is for the generally clean state of the terminal.

N – is for the never enough seating during peak times.

S – is for the smelly backpackers sharing the departure lounge with you.

Do you have your own interpretation of Australian city airport codes?