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Are runways “one-way”? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Is it easier to take off against the wind or with it? [duplicate]

I was wondering if it would be better to take off into the wind because then you would need less overall acceleration to takeoff, or with the wind behind you - thereby making it easier for the plane ...
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What runway is used in a 90 degree crosswind? [duplicate]

If an airport has runway 09/27 and the wind is at 180 or 360, which runway is used? Is it possible for both ends to be used depending on the amount of traffic?
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Why might an airliner fly a large U-turn before landing?

I was on a flight1 from San Antonio, TX to Toronto and, when arriving in Toronto, the plane went quite a way past the airport, made a big U-turn, and then landed. We were coming from the west. I ...
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What factors are considered when a runway is planned?

What environmental factors are considered when a new runway construction is planned (e.g. winds, weather, sun direction, etc.)?
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Why did this aircraft take off in the opposite direction compared to the one used by other flights right before/after it?

I recently took a weekend trip to Naples and went to admire the city from above at the Certosa di San Martino panoramic viewpoint which, it turned out, was also offering a distant view at NAP ...
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How is the direction chosen when landing a seaplane on water?

When using a runway, many factors are taken into account to choose the landing direction. A lake can be used in almost any direction by seaplanes. I imagine wind is prevalent, but I guess other ...
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What factors made my flight land at runway 02 in El Prat?

Aircraft normally land at Barcelona's El Prat airport using either of the 25 runways, along a flight path hugging the coast, with a flip to the 07 orientation generally associated with bad weather. ...
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Do most airport use one and only one runway for landing?

Do most airports (especially busy ones) use only one runway at a time for landing? For example, I know Heathrow uses only one of its runways at a time (although they might switch to another half way ...
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Close Runway 16/34 from one direction

Let's say Runway 16/34 used direction 16 for arrival and 34 for departure. Can the runway close 16 (arrival direction) and still working in 34 for departure?