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Indicates the IATA airport code Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: references
Used on these elements
may 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: approvedPage for proposal

The  IATA airport code is a three character code used to identify most major commercial airports across the globe. It is often based on the name of the airport or the name of the city.

While these codes usually are not rendered on a map, they can be extremely useful when searching for well known airports. (which can be done via Nominatim)

The key iata=* has as its value the IATA code of the aerodrome being represented by the object. These tags could be added to the node or area of the airport (the object with the tag aeroway=aerodrome).

IATA codes can and should be verified at the website provided for that purpose by their owner and maintainer:

Originally, the "ref" tag was intended for the IATA aerodrome code, but that is now considered antiquated, and the "ref" tag should not normally be used.


See also

  • icao=* is the key used to tag the ICAO airport code, which is more widely used across the globe. Whenever possible, and in as far as assigned and available, add both IATA and ICAO to the aerodrome.
  • Aeroways - for an overview of how to tag aeroways
  • IATA code on Wikipedia