At an airport, you can see airliners on the runway, taxiway and tarmac. The runway is for taking-off and landing, the taxiway gives access to the runway, the airport and the tarmac. The term tarmac is the contraction of tarmacadam. Tar for tar, plus the name Macadam, the Scottish engineer and road-builder who, in the early 1800’s, invented the original construction method which was the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times. Today, although there are other materials to be found on the tarmac, like concrete, the name has stuck.
But what is the tarmac at an airport? We tried to get a response from passengers at an airport. In any case, you’ll find the correct answer at the end of the video.