Convert a series of strings into list in python

I'm trying to scrape Wikipedia as a project to learn a bit of python 3. I've managed to get the links from a page:

import urllib.request
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup    
html_code = urllib.request.urlopen('').read().decode()
souped_code = BeautifulSoup(html_code, "html.parser")
for element in souped_code.find_all("a"):
    dest_links = element.get('href')

but I just get a series of strings I'd like to work with (such as in a list so can use indexes and only keep the "List_of_airports_in_" links) and filter, open, iterate over, etc. them, but I just can't wrap my head around how to achieve this as it seems to produce a series of strings.

Any insights will be much appreciated!

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