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About Airport APIs
Strict rules and regulations control and govern the aviation industry to ensure safety, efficiency, and protection of the environment. Airlines must adhere to the set of international standards and practices for service delivery in the air industry. Airlines need to know where they can fly to dependent on many factors such as weather patterns, schedules, and particular routes, among others. To retrieve information about the world’s airports, then airlines need to use airports API.
What is an Airport API?
An airport API consists of libraries and tools coded in a given programming language used to fetch data about airports from airport databases.
How Airport API works
To use the API, you require an API key, a distinctive identifier that allows you to make calls within the API. The API key is like a passcode that authenticates every action by the user to the API program.
To collect and process data, the API makes HTTP requests to the server of the airports. To obtain the IATA or ICAO airport code, a user use the GET HTTP code usually a three-letter code for the IATA and a four-letter code for ICAO. Typically, typing in the authentication key follows.
The API returns a response in the JSON, XML, or CVS format. A successful response displays the airport’s name, city, country, ICAO, IATA, latitude, longitude, latitude, timezone, and data source, among other parameters. When the API cannot find the request, it returns error 404 and error 403 when the API cannot authenticate the request.
Users of the APIs
Travel companies use the APIs to track flights, check flights, and book their travels. Developers utilize APIs to help them build better applications and improve their products. Airlines apply these APIs to automate their operations and identify the different kinds of aviation platforms around.
Importance of the APIs
- Fast listing of all significant IATA airports.
- Finding specific IATA codes
- Obtain the distance between different airports
- Optimized results
- Better organization of airport data
- Accuracy and updated lists of airports
- Ability to parse responses in multiple programming languages
- Customization for refined data retrieval.
- Easy integration with travel companies websites
- Easy search for airports within a given radius
- Data sharing without compromising security
Expectations of Airport APIs
Access to world airport database with pinpoint accuracy. Personalization, broader scope, and high efficacy.
Examples of free airports API include Aviation Edge, Lufthansa, Aviationstack, FlightAware, OpenSky, and Leopieters’ IATA and ICAO API.
Best Airport APIs
Airport API SDKs
All Airport APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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