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Public-images-osm logo.svg aeroway = runway
Runways Brussels Airport (7655183522).jpg
Runway of an airfield
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
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Status: de facto

A runway is a strip of land on an aeroway=aerodrome, 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).

For helicopter pads use aeroway=helipad.

How to Map

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

Tags to use in combination

  • ref=* - the name of the runway (for example "02/20" or "09L/27R")
  • length=* - 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.
  • ele=* - should be used for the average altitude of the runway
  • surface=* - to be used to identify the physical makeup of the surface of the runway. Example: "paved" or "grass".

Additional information

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.
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.
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).
Width Use the width=* tag to identify the physical width of the runway surface.


Main article: Lifecycle_prefix
stage tagging notes
construction aeroway=construction
A runway under construction.
In operation aeroway=runway An operational runway
disused disused:aeroway=runway A runway not in use, which could be brought back into operation.
abandoned abandoned:aeroway=runway Where the runway fallen into serious disrepair and which could only be put back into operation with expensive effort.
No longer present on the ground Remove from OSM or tag no:aeroway=runway Where the runway is not evident on the ground it should be removed from OSM. If there is a danger of it being re-entered from old information then no:aeroway=runway signifies that it is no loner there.


Picture/Description Tags Mapnik
Bogrunway.JPG aeroway=runway

See Munich International Airport for a reference.

See also