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Public-images-osm logo.svg area:aeroway
Palm Springs International Airport photo D Ramey Logan.jpg
The shape of a runway or taxiway area which is also mapped as a linear way Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: aeroways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: in use

area:aeroway=* describes the shape, i.e. the two-dimensional outline of the area of an aeroway=* which is also mapped as a linear way. It is used as a form of Micromapping in addition to the routable, linear way tagged as aeroway=runway or aeroway=taxiway.


The tag is applied to an area drawn as closed way or to a multipolygon relation, in addition to mapping the runway or taxiway with a linear way along the centreline.



  • It remains unclear if the tag should be used for the full shape of a taxiway or split into functional sub-areas at intersections with other taxiways.
  • For runways and taxiways with constant width, mapping a polygon representation of linear road can be considered unnecessarily redundant to the linear aeroway=* mapping and a width=* tag and in violation of one feature, one OSM element.