Spring has sprung and with it comes warmer weather, longer days, the end of the school year for students and teachers and, in many cases, the time of year when many people find themselves looking at their options for getting away from their day-to-day lives for a little while.

Purportedly, the safest and fastest way to travel is through the air in a metal flying machine, also generally called an airplane. We compiled this list of air travel-related AP style terms that should come in handy whether you’re talking about lines at the airport or how much legroom a person gets when sitting in first class.

travel, traveled, traveling, traveler

airline, airlines Capitalize “airlines” and “airways” when used as part of a proper airline name. “American Airlines,” “Quantas Airways.”

On second reference, use just the proper name (“Quantas”), an abbreviation if applicable, or “the airline.”

air lines Only used as part of a proper name, “Delta Air Lines.”

Do not capitalize airline seat classes.

airport Capitalize as part of a proper name.

The first name of an individual and the word “international” may be deleted from a formal airport name while the remainder is capitalized: “John F. Kennedy International Airport,” “Kennedy International Airport,” or “Kennedy Airport.”

code-share, code-sharing Generally hyphenated.

airways Refers to the system of routes that the federal government has established for airplane traffic.

frequent flier Generally not hyphenated.

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