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Quintin Lodge Airstrip from the Mackinnon Pass 2.jpg
A field or area where light aircraft can land and take off from. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Aeroways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use


The aeroway=airstrip key is used to identify a place such as a farm field, hill slope or similar reasonably flat area where light aircraft can land and take off from, which does not have regularly scheduled service and has no permanent infrastructure such as terminal buildings. Airstrips are often limited to a particular type of aircraft. Airstrips are frequently used by agricultural aircraft used to spread fertilizer or spray crops at particular times of the year. Airstrips often have no permanent supporting infrastructure and may be grazed by stock when not in active use. The field may need to be overflown before landing to ensure it is safe to use.

Passenger carrying aircraft do not normally use an airstrip unless they are providing joyrides, scenic flights, or are involved in aviation related sports or adventure tourism.

For public or international aerodromes or airports instead use aeroway=aerodrome or use aeroway=heliport when it is meant just for helicopters.

An airstrip can also be tagged with aeroway=aerodrome plus aerodrome=airstrip. Most database users support the tag aeroway=aerodrome for applications such as rendering and routing, unlike aeroway=airstrip.

Most uses of this tag are due to an import of 3500 airstrips in New Zealand, in late 2012.

How to map


  • Plot as a point of interest node at the airstrip's reference point.
  • Create a straight way showing the centerline of the airstrip runway.
  • Create an enclosed way around the extent of the airstrip field (often co-incident with a barrier of some kind).
  • For complex mapping of airstrip features including the airstrip runway centreline, boundaries, create a relation:multipolygon from the related ways and add the aeroway=airstrip related tags to the relation.

In addition to the aeroway=airstrip tag the following are available:

Useful combination

Tag Description
addr=* Contact address for management
ele=* Elevation. Possibly at arbitrary position, tower, runway centerpoint, etc. See individual elevations on runways and their endpoints for more specificity.
operator=* The name of the operator of the airstrip
phone=* Contact phone number for airstrip management.
variation=* dd[.d] [E|W] [yyyy[-mm[-dd]]] [d.d E|W] . Indicates the 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.

Observe that aeroway=airstrip can be an alternative to aeroway=aerodrome, but not to aeroway=runway.


  • Often not rendered.

Information sources

Note that many airstrips in New Zealand are the result of import from official sources, like Land Information New Zealand maps, so be sure your edits are not in conflict.


Most (about 3,500) airstrips in New Zealand are the result of importing LINZ data.

See also