Why the airport code for Kahului, Maui is OGG

Have you ever wondered why the airport code for Kahului, Maui is OGG?

Generally, airport codes are named after the first three letters of the city in which it’s located.

In Maui’s case, the airport was named after Jimmy Hogg — a former Hawaiian Airlines pilot who flew many test flights after the radio tower was installed at Maui airport.

He chose the last three letters of his last name, rather than the first three.    

“Jimmy Hogg’s career spanded an extraordinary time in aviation in general, particularly aviation here in the Hawaiian Islands starting with the very first type of aircraft that would include between the island that was the S38 all the way up to the modern jet age,” Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley said.

A new memorial wall at Maui airport’s gate 19 was unveiled Monday in honor of Hogg.

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