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I am trying to create a program that gives you the departures or the arrivals from a given airport.

Thus, in the software code, I would like to refer to both origin anddestination with the same term, in order to print the former if the user requested arrivals, and the latter if the user requested departures.

So basically I want to know if there is a common name for these two terms, when speaking from the airport point of view, i.e. referring to a generic flight, regardless of it being inbound or outbound, what is "the other airport" in the jargon?

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    $\begingroup$ Do you want to use this term when displaying the output, or just for the code? $\endgroup$ – fooot Apr 5 '18 at 16:22
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    $\begingroup$ Why not just use "airport", it's already a generic term that could be an origin or a destination. $\endgroup$ – Geoff Apr 5 '18 at 16:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Geoff No doubt "airport" will already be used to refer to the base airport being searched. This might be a question better suited to Stack Overflow; nevertheless I'll throw in my two cents and suggest a simple solution being HomeAirport and AwayAirport. I don't think there's a universal term so I doubt you'll get a concrete answer. $\endgroup$ – Cooper Apr 5 '18 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ On English.SE: Word for an Origin and Destination without regard for route $\endgroup$ – fooot Apr 5 '18 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the link foot, and regarding your question, I just need it for the code, so the end user won't see it. $\endgroup$ – vabada Apr 6 '18 at 6:58
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Perhaps the “remote” airport — that should work for both arrivals and departures.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the quick answer, I really like remote as an option $\endgroup$ – vabada Apr 6 '18 at 6:56
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What you are describing is a way to sort and select flights, consisting of a departing airport and an arriving airport. An airport is a node in the directed graph of flights, and its meaning is predicated on whether you are looking for arrivals or departures.

Departing Flight Arriving Airport[1]----------Flight[1]---------------->Airport[2]

If you are looking for a word to call the airport you aren't at (local) I could see "remote" or "external"

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the detailed answer. I get what you mean. I was just trying to find a single comprehensible word to refactor the code, but maybe it just doesn't make sense. $\endgroup$ – vabada Apr 6 '18 at 6:57
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    $\begingroup$ For code refactoring you would get more answers over on StackOverflow or Software engineering.SE. $\endgroup$ – selectstriker2 Apr 6 '18 at 12:23
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The "connection" airport maybe? Could refer to where a plane is coming from, or where it's going to.

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe I'm wrong but connection to me suggests a stopover in a flight with stops. Thanks for the answer! $\endgroup$ – vabada Apr 6 '18 at 6:57
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In statistical reports, departures+ arrivals= movements

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    $\begingroup$ I understand that, however I understand movement more as a flight rather than as an airport. Thanks for the quick answer! $\endgroup$ – vabada Apr 6 '18 at 6:56

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