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Halloween Poll Reveals World’s Scariest Sounding Airports

Unless you usually fly by broomstick, there are some airports that may give people a fright this week.

The world’s top ten scariest sounding airports have been revealed in a poll by London City Airport.

While London’s airports aren’t likely to give you nightmares – Heathrow is LHR, Gatwick is LGW and London City is LCY – there are many with far more sinister sounding codes.

Top Ten:

1) DIE – Arrachart, Madagascar
2) BOO – Bodø, Norway
3) AXE – Xanxerê, Brazil
4) HEL – Helsinki Vantaa, Finland
5) KIL – Kilwa, Congo
6) SIN – Singapore Changi International, Singapore
7) DED – Dehradun, India
8) GUT – Gütersloh, Germany
9) AGH – Ängelholm-Helsingborg, Sweden
10) BAT – Chafei Amsei, Brazil

Declan Collier, Chief Executive of London City Airport said:  “It’s amazing how many airport codes spell out blood-curdling words.  On Halloween it would be rather appropriate to be flying to Juwata in Indonesia or Tremonton in the USA – TRK or TRT.  However, I think most people reading the top ten will feel more like Roland Garros on Réunion Island or Carlton Hill in Australia – RUN and CRY.”
Airport codes are allocated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Editors note

Top ten from survey of 50 people.

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