Pulkovo Airport, near Saint Petersburg, Russia

An aerodrome ( Commonwealth English) or airdrome ( American English) is a location from which aircraft flight operations take place, regardless of whether they involve air cargo, passengers, or neither. Aerodromes include small general aviation airfields, large commercial airports, and military airbases.

The term airport may imply a certain stature (having satisfied certain certification criteria or regulatory requirements) that an aerodrome may not have achieved. This means that all airports are aerodromes, but not all aerodromes are airports. Usage of the term "aerodrome" remains more common in the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth nations; in American English it is only used for a facility specialized in antique aircraft.

A water aerodrome is an area of open water used regularly by seaplanes or amphibious aircraft for landing and taking off.

According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) an aerodrome is "A defined area on land or water (including any buildings, installations, and equipment) intended to be used either wholly or in part for the arrival, departure, and surface movement of aircraft." [1]


The word aerodrome derives from Ancient Greek ἀήρ (aḗr), air, and δρόμος (drómos), road or course, literally meaning air course. An ancient linguistic parallel is hippodrome (a stadium for horse racing and chariot racing), derived from ἵππος (híppos), horse, and δρόμος (drómos), course. Αεροδρόμιο is the word for airport in Modern Greek, which tranliterates as aerodrome.

In British military usage, the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and the Royal Air Force in the First and Second World Wars used the term—it had the advantage that their French allies, on whose soil they were often based and with whom they co-operated, used the cognate term aérodrome.

In Canada [2] and Australia, [3] aerodrome is a legal term of art for any area of land or water used for aircraft operation, regardless of facilities.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) documents use the term aerodrome, for example, in the Annex to the ICAO Convention about aerodromes, their physical characteristics, and their operation. However, the terms airfield or airport mostly superseded[ citation needed] use of aerodrome after World War II, in colloquial language. [4]

Other Languages
العربية: مهبط (طيران)
беларуская: Аэрадром
भोजपुरी: एरोड्रोम
català: Aeròdrom
dansk: Flyveplads
Deutsch: Flugplatz
eesti: Lennuväli
Esperanto: Aerodromo
euskara: Aerodromo
فارسی: پروازگاه
français: Aérodrome
Frysk: Fleanfjild
galego: Aeródromo
한국어: 비행장
ქართული: აეროდრომი
қазақша: Аэродром
Кыргызча: Аэродром
lietuvių: Aerodromas
日本語: 飛行場
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Aerodrom
polski: Lotnisko
português: Aeródromo
română: Aerodrom
русский: Аэродром
татарча/tatarça: Аэродром
тоҷикӣ: Аэродром
українська: Аеродром
粵語: 機場
中文: 飛行場