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Do runways always handle traffic in the same direction? Another question asked how runways were labelled left and right (8L and 8R, for example). But of course "left" and "right" depend on your perspective. If you were approaching from the opposite direction, then left would be right and vice versa.
Does this mean that runways only handle traffic coming from the same direction all of the time? Are there no ambidextrous runways that flip depending on the prevailing winds or whims of ATC?