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Friday Fact: Why Is the Akron-Canton Airport Shortened to CAK?

If you've wondered this, you're not the only one. CAK President and CEO Rick McQueen stopped by Thursday's North Canton Rotary Club meeting for a discussion about the airport and cleared up the CAK/ACK question while he was there.

Have you ever wondered why the is shortened to CAK and not ACK or something else? 

CAK President and CEO Rick McQueen spoke to the North Canton Rotary Club inside the Thursday about the progress the airport has made in the last few years.

He also cleared up that tricky CAK/ACK question.

Answer: Because it almost was named the Canton-Akron Memorial Airport.

Tim MacDonald July 08, 2011 at 11:45 PM
It's nowhere near that simple. There are literally thousands of 3 letter identifiers that the FAA uses for aircraft operating in the system and they are not just contractions of the airport name and there can be no repeats. ACK is Nantucket.
Morgan Day (Editor) July 09, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Really interesting, Tim. Thanks for the comment!
Brandon Tidd July 09, 2011 at 05:20 PM
At least we don't live in Sioux City, Iowa... I hear their airport really SUX.

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