Updated September 2020
The original request has been declined by a moderator arguing that:
And our current standard is to use Wikipedia for reference, which lists the city as Kiev currently. Once Wikipedia changes their mind we can change our tags as well.
Now that Wikipedia did change their mind, and the main article is Kyiv, it seems like a good time to keep a moderator's word and fulfill the request laid out in the title.
The main article on Wikipedia is Kyiv. Since other spellings still retain their historic value, they are preserved as synonyms.
As listed here,
- all major English publications that used their own stylebook have made updates to their styleguides and now use Kyiv spelling,
- all major English publications that use standard stylebooks (e.g., Associated Press Stylebook or Canadian Press Stylebook) are now following recent updates in those styleguides and are now using Kyiv,
- IATA has switched to Kyiv and therefore all international airports have updated their English spelling to Kyiv,
- BGN has switched to Kyiv and, therefore, all major geographical bodies followed suite and are now using Kyiv and, lastly,
- The Library of Congress has switched to Kyiv and, therefore, all major library organizations followed suite and are now using Kyiv.
The list goes on linking to about 20 public statements by major Air, News, and state organizations and agencies.
The #3 above seems the be the most relevant to the Travel site. IATA is the entity to regulate what spelling is used for airport names.
To keep this site on a par with the history,
To avoid any further confusion to travelers,
I suggest to swap the main tag and its synonym, making kyiv the main one.