Lonely Planet Writer

Quiz: how well do you know the airport codes from across the globe?

The inevitable highlight of anyone’s year is the holiday season. And so you’ve splurged on a few too many pairs of sunglasses, picked your holiday reading list and counted down each day until that blissful week away.

Except when you get to the airport, you’re left frantically scanning the departure board for your destination, faced with a bunch of three letter codes in place of a simple city name.

These are IATA airport codes, each representing a different destination, making it easier for pilots, cabin crew and airport staff to identify them – although it’s easier said than done for some flyers…