I am studying about airway now. But there are multiple terms that mean airway like enroute or air route. I don't know exactly what the difference is between them.

Airway, en route, air route, air path

I want to know the difference of meanings or definitions between above terms. Please tell me in detail.


1 Answer 1


Enroute: An aircraft that is on its way to its destination.

Air Route: A specific route that an aircraft takes, just like a car route, taking specific highways and roads to get to your destination. Planes do not go a straight line from their origin to destination.

Airway: A highway in the sky. That is what planes fly in their route. So for example 2 planes flying the V23 Airway would have them flying the same path on the airway specifically.

  • $\begingroup$ I've heard of ATS route (Air Traffic Service route) but never of "air route." Where did you see that? $\endgroup$ Oct 13, 2017 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ In addition "en route" is a french expression meaning "on the/its way". $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Oct 13, 2017 at 17:16

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.