A parliamentary panel has found GAY — the International Air Transport Association code for Gaya airport — “inappropriate, unsuitable, offensive/ embarrassing”, and has asked the government to get it changed to YAG or some other suitable alternative.
IATA, which assigns airport codes that can be seen while booking tickets, represents about 290 airlines in 120 countries carrying 83% of the world’s air traffic. Member airline Air India had flagged the agency about the “inappropriate” code for the holy city in Bihar, but the international agency “expressed its inability to change” it.
Last January, the Committee on Public Undertakings in its first report tabled in Parliament recommended a change because “locals might find it offensive or embarrassing” that their city is “recognised in the international community with the code name GAY”. It also found it “inappropriate”.