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Public-images-osm logo.svg area:aeroway
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The shape of a runway or taxiway area which is also mapped as a linear way Edit or translate this description.
Group: Aeroways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on 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 centerline.



  • 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.