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An aerodrome, airport or airfield Show/edit corresponding data item.
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Group: aeroways
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
See also
Status: de facto

The aeroway=aerodrome key is used to hold all the main details for an aerodrome. Preferably this is the airport's ARP, if documented (for smaller terrains, it usually isn't), but it can also be associated with the area around the perimeter of the aerodrome.

For (very) small facilities, perhaps consisting of no more than an airstrip, aeroway=airstrip can alternatively be used, and is preferred in certain countries. For aviation terrains used only by helicopters, use aeroway=heliport instead.

How to map

  • Either create an area area (aka "a closed way") – or a multipolygon relation for some complex shapes – around the extent of the airport land (often co-incident with a barrier of some kind).
  • Or draw a node node in the centre of the aerodrome and tag with at least aeroway=aerodrome.

Useful combination

Tag Description
addr=* Contact address for management
description=* Free form text.
ele=* Elevation. Possibly at arbitrary position, tower, runway centre point, etc. See individual elevations on runways and their endpoints for more specificity.
iata=* 3-character code issued by the IATA and commonly known and used to identify airports for commercial air transport. Only rarely present for smaller/private aerodromes. Can be checked at https://www.iata.org/en/publications/directories/code-search/ Note: since 2021 or so, IATA have been cleaning the list, unassigning many codes that were unused anyway.
icao=* 4-letter code issued by the ICAO, or the national Civil Aviation Authority. w:Location identifier#ICAO location indicator Mandatory in some (smaller) countries, often unassigned in larger countries.
name=* Name by which the aerodrome is commonly known. Best taken from an official source, such as the AIP, or other authoritative listing, or from the aerodrome operator's website.
operator=* The name of the operator of the aerodrome.
owner=* The name of the owner of the aerodrome. Some government aerodromes are operated by a separate private company.
phone=* Contact phone number for airport management.
ref=* Instead of using this key for an airport code, use more specific keys, such as iata=*, icao=*, faa=*, local_ref=*
source=* Source(s) of information present in tags, semi-colon-delimited if necessary.
variation=* dd[.d] [E|W] [yyyy[-mm[-dd]]] [d.d E|W]. Indicates the magnetic variation (Magnetic variation declination) of the magnetic north pole relative to the geographic north pole, the date of measurement, and possibly the rate of change. Example: "12.8 E 2011-11-17 0.1 W" means that a compass will read north 12.8 degrees east (clockwise) of geographic north on 2011-11-17, and that variation currently changes at a rate of 0.1 degree west per year.
wikipedia=* Main Wikipedia entry about the aerodrome.
aerodrome:type=* Type of aerodrome (international, regional, etc.) This classification has never been clearly delimited. One useage is quite consistent, though, at least in Europe and probably beyond: aerodrome:type=seaplane.

Other tags that can be added in USA

Tag Description
closest_town=* Nearest city and state, as defined by the FAA.
faa=* 3- or 4-character code issued by the FAA. Usually the same as the IATA code, but not always [1]. Present for smaller/private airports when iata tag may not be.
FAA:LFSN=* The FAA's Landing Facility Site Number - a unique identifier for airports in the US. There is generally no reason to edit this value - it is used to refer back to the FAA database for synchronization of imports. Example: "01818.*A" is the LFSN for LAX.
source:date=* If imported/updated from the FAA 56-day NASR database, this tag will contain the date the database became valid.
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/nnnnnAD.PDF where vvvv is the version number (incremented every 56 days).

Military airfields

Add landuse=military + military=airfield and aeroway=aerodrome


Information sources

Note that many are the result of import from official sources, like the FAA, so be sure your edits are not in conflict.

See also

External links

Possible tagging mistakes

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