India wants to ditch ‘offensive and embarrassing’ GAY airport code

India wants to ditch ‘offensive and embarrassing’ GAY airport code By on Feb 07, 2022 in Air Travel, Asia, Gay & Lesbian Travel, India, Regions, Speciality Travel

In a report tabled in parliament last month, India‘s Committee on Public Undertakings has recommended to the government that the airport code for Gaya Airport, also known as Bodhgaya Airport, be changed. The panel asked that government officials take the matter up with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

An IATA airport code is a three-letter geocode, defined by IATA, designating many airports and metropolitan areas around the world. The characters are prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks as well as on airline tickets, etc.

IATA’s current code for Gaya Airport is ‘GAY’ which the panels deems ‘inappropriate’ since Gaya, located in India’s northeastern state of Bihar, is a holy city

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