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Public-images-osm logo.svg aeroway = parking_position
2011-06-28 12-54-36 South Africa - Bonaero Park 9Q-COZ.jpg
A location where an airplane can park 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 waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

Location, usually on an aeroway=apron, where a plane is standing to board/disembark passengers or load/unload cargo. Each position has a unique ref within the airport.

If the parking position is at a aeroway=gate/skybridge, the ref=* is usually the same as the gate's ref. But it can sometimes be, typically on larger airports, different from the gate it is serving.

How to map

As a node

Put a node where the nose wheel stops. Tag the node.

As a way

Draw a way from the relevant taxiway and to the nose wheel position. The direction of the way indicates the direction a plane should park. This usually means that the last node of the way should be where the nose wheel is parked. Tag the way.


Tag with aeroway=parking_position.

Additional information can be specified using these keys:

Tag Description
ref=* The reference number / name of the parking_position.
ele=* The elevation tag should be used for the altitude of the parking position.
surface=* Use this tag if the physical makeup of the surface of the parking_position is different from the apron it is located on. Typical examples: paved, sand, grass, gravel, snow, unpaved.
maxweight=* Use this tag for the maximum weight of aircraft to park at this position. Particular relevant to light aircraft tie-down positions, etc.


This is to document how this tag is used currently. It may not have been discussed or voted upon.

See also

  • aeroway=apron – Apron is the larger area that holds all the parking_positions
  • aeroway=gate – This is where passengers show up in the terminal to embark the aircraft. It might be a bus-gate or a walk-out-gate serving more than one parking_position
  • aeroway=taxilane
  • aeroway=taxiway