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HFX Airport 4.jpg
For physical infrastructure used to support aircraft, air travel, spacecraft and space flight. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: aeroways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Documented values: 34
Status: de facto

This page contains details on the aeroway key and related tags. For an overview of airports and aviation in OSM see Aeroways.


The aeroway key is used to tag physical infrastructure used to support aircraft, air travel, spacecraft and space flight, in particular the elements associated with airports, spaceports and heliports etc. For further details on how to create aeroway features and how they are presented, see Aeroways.



Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
aeroway aerodrome node area [W] Aerodrome in the United Kingdom or Airport in North America is used to map the main area details (other than helicopters only).
Cotswold airport at kemble from helicopter arp.jpg
aeroway airstrip node area A field or area where light aircraft can land and take off from.
Quintin Lodge Airstrip from the Mackinnon Pass 2.jpg
aeroway apron area [W] Airport apron is an area where planes are parked, unloaded or loaded, refuelled, or boarded.
Osmarender apron.png
LKPR sever 2003.jpg
aeroway control_center node area [W] Control center (in the US referred to as air route traffic control center (ARTCC)) is a facility responsible for controlling aircraft en route in a particular volume of airspace (a Flight Information Region) at high altitudes between airport approaches and departures.
Air traffic controllers at the Washington ARTCC.jpg
aeroway fuel node Fuelling station for aircraft.
EM DSC 3428 (2982451102).jpg
aeroway gate node [W] Airport gate is used to mark the gate numbers at the airports where passengers wait before boarding their flight.
Edinburgh Airport gate lounge.jpg
aeroway hangar node area [W] Hangar is a structure to hold aircraft or spacecraft.
Delta jet hangar at kemble england arp.jpg
aeroway helipad node area [W] Helipad is used to mark the landing area or platform for Helicopters
Oryx helicopter.jpg
aeroway heliport node area [W] Heliport is used to map the main area details for helicopters.
Heliport Niagara Falls Ontario.jpg
aeroway highway_strip node way area [W] Highway strip is a designated landing strip that is normally used as a part of a highway, but is closed for aeroplane landing either because of a military exercise or an emergency.
RFDS emergency landing strip sign.jpg
aeroway holding_position node way A point behind which aircraft are considered clear of a crossing way
Taxiway 8253.JPG
aeroway jet_bridge way Passenger boarding bridge
aeroway model_runway way Take-off and landing runway for model aircraft
RC Cub (11819899836).jpg
aeroway navigationaid node A facility that supports visual navigation for aircraft
Approach Lighting System Bremen 1.jpg
airmark beacon node [W] Radio navigation aid is used to mark systems that determine a position on the Earth which helps pilots guide their aircraft during flight.
aeroway parking_position node way A location where an aeroplane can park
2011-06-28 12-54-36 South Africa - Bonaero Park 9Q-COZ.jpg
aeroway runway way area [W] Runway is a rectangular area in which aerodrome are prepared for the landing and takeoff of aircraft.
Rendering-aeroway runway.png
Runways Brussels Airport (7655183522).jpg
aeroway stopway way area Stopway is a rectangular surface beyond the end of a runway used during an aborted takeoff.
Runway marks before landing treshold 04.jpg
aeroway taxilane way Taxilane is a path in an airport that is part of the aircraft parking area or apron (Proposed feature with low usage as of 2015-10; use with an eye towards the question correct usage).
aeroway taxiway way [W] Taxiway is a path on an airport connecting runways with ramps, hangars, terminals and other facilities.
Rendering-aeroway taxiway.png
F-22A Elmendorf AFB.jpg
aeroway terminal node area [W] Airport terminal is a building at an airport where passengers transfer between ground transportation and the facilities that allow them to board and disembark from aircraft.
Area amenity=place of worship.png
aeroway tower node area [W] Control tower is a tall, windowed structure located on the airport grounds.
See also aeroway=control_tower or combination of man_made=tower + service=aircraft_control for similar schemes.
LGA CT sunset.JPG
aeroway windsock node [W] Windsock is designed to indicate wind direction and relative wind speed.
Windsock of CCK Air Force Base 20111112.jpg
aeroway User defined node way All commonly used values according to Taginfo

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By category

Category Tags
Airports aerodrome
Manoeuvring area helipad, runway, taxiway, holding_position
Apron apron, parking_position, gate, hangar
Terminal terminal, gate, various shop=* and amenity=* objects
Facilities windsock, PAPI, VASI, navigationaid
Related attributes icao=*, iata=*, military=airfield
Common attributes surface=*, width=*, ele=*