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Public-images-osm logo.svg aeroway = runway
Runways Brussels Airport (7655183522).jpg
A strip of land kept clear and set aside for airplanes to take off from and land on.
Group: Aeroways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: De facto

A Wikipedia-16px.png runway is a strip of land on an airport, on which aircraft can take off and land. Runways may be a man-made surface (often asphalt, concrete, or a mixture of both) or a natural surface (grass, dirt, or gravel).

How to Map

Draw a way along the course of the runway and add the aeroway=runway to it.

Area Mapping

Sometimes in addition the outline of the runway is mapped as Area area with aeroway=runway + area=yes.


Additional information can be specified using these keys:

Tag Description
Date source:date=* - If imported/updated from the FAA 56-day NASR database, this tag will contain the date the database became valid.
Elevation The ele=* tag should be used for the average altitude of the runway. Individual nodes (endpoints, displaced thresholds) may have more specific values.
Heading Use heading=* for the actual geographic headings (forward;reverse) of the runway. Rounded to nearest degree, left-0-padded to three digits if from import. Example: "083;263".
Incline Use the incline=[+|-]d.d% tag for the % incline of the runway. The direction of the way is from approach to departure. The incline is the elevation at the departure threshold minus the elevation at the approach threshold, divided by the distance between them.
Incline spec incline:spec=[+|-]d.d%: the % incline of the runway, as specified in the FAA airport diagram. According to the legend diagram, this is measured to the midpoint of the runway (instead of the far threshold) if the runway is >= 8000ft, and is only specified if the absolute value is >= 0.3%. Note that this tag is used only if the incline is in the same direction as the runway. Otherwise, the reverse_incline tag is used (see reverse_incline:spec=* below).
Landing Facility Site Number The FAA's Landing Facility Site Number for the airport with which the runway associated should be tagged with FAA:LFSN=*. There is generally no reason to edit this value - it is used to refer back to the associated aeroway=aerodrome node or way and the FAA database for synchronization of imports. Example: "01818.*A" is the LFSN for LAX.
Length The length=* tag can be used to hold the physical length of the runway surface, including blast-pad, displaced threshold, etc. This is generally more than the length actually available for takeoff and landing. Use meters, or specify units. ('100' for a hundred meters, or '200 ft' for 200 feet.
Reference Use the ref=* tag for the name of the runway (for example "02/20" or "09L/27R"). See [1].
Reverse incline reverse_incline:spec=[+|-]d.d%: the % incline of the runway as specified in the FAA airport diagram, in the reverse direction of the OSM way. See incline:spec=* above.
Source source=* - Source(s) of information present in tags, semi-colon-delimited if necessary. "FAA" indicates at least some information from one or more FAA databases or imports. Often combined with an imagery tag to indicate the imagery with which the boundary was drawn.
Source_ref source_ref=* - Key to source documents. Example: when source=FAA, you may see source_ref=nnnnnAD, which indicates the document number of the FAA Airport Diagram, which are at http://aeronav.faa.gov/d-tpp/vvvv/''nnnnn''AD.PDF where vvvv is the version number (incremented every 56 days).
Surface The surface=* tag can be used to identify the physical makeup of the surface of the runway. Example: "paved" or "grass".
Width Use the width=* tag to identify the physical width of the runway surface.


Main article: Lifecycle_prefix

stage tagging notes
proposed aeroway=proposed
proposed=runway (taginfo count 7)
A proposed runway which is very likely to be constructed. This tag should not be used for pure aspiration. Alternatively use proposed:aeroway=runway (taginfo count 1)
construction aeroway=construction
construction=runway (taginfo count 26)
A runway under construction. Alternatively use construction:aeroway=runway (taginfo count 1)
In operation aeroway=runway An operational runway
disused disused:aeroway=runway (taginfo count 219) A runway not in use, which could be brought back into operation.
abandoned abandoned:aeroway=runway (taginfo count 304) When it is unusable or has been reused. For new use add for example highway=cycleway.

It has been suggested to additionally tag disused or abandoned runways with eg natural=meadow so they are rendered.


Picture/Description Tags Mapnik
Bogrunway.JPG aeroway=runway

See Munich International Airport for a reference.