All airports are aerodromes but not all aerodromes are airports. All aerodromes used to be airports, back when we didn't have specific criteria or regulations for airfields.
Nowadays, aerodromes refer to airfields for antique planes and ultralight aircraft, and water aerodromes are for sea planes and amphibious aircraft. An aerodrome might also be a single airstrip with a fueling option. That will typically be in a very remote area.
In the early days of aviation there were no paved runways and landing fields were grass. A typical airfield might permit takeoffs and landings in only a couple of directions, much like today's airports, but an aerodrome was larger and could handle landings and takeoffs in all directions.
Since airports have evolved from simple, unregulated aerodromes, there are now airports, formerly aerodromes, that are the oldest in the world.
Check out these airports -they're the oldest in the world, and they started off as airdromes or aerodromes.
College Park Airport, Maryland
Baneasa Airport, Bucharest, Romania
Ciampino Airport, Rome
Hamburg Airport, Germany
Don Mueang, Bangkok
Shoreham City Airport, UK
“The oldest airports actually used to be aerodromes.”
Paris le Bourget
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