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Airport in the Sky

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Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: 310.510.0143
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The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center...

The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Catalina Island, 10 miles from the city of Avalon. It's a great destination by tour or shuttle bus, bicycle, on foot whether hiking the Trans Catalina Trail or walking over from Black Jack, or of course, via private or chartered small plane. Its single 3,250-foot-long runway was constructed by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks, then using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps.The image is of a T-34 Beechcraft that flew in to participate in one of the Airport in the Sky's monthly Aeroclub Fly-In Days.

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Awesome experience. Highly reccommend!

We took the 1953 bus from the town square up to the airport in the sky. Freddie was our tour guide and he was fabulous! Very knowledgable and interesting and kept us laughing the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Steven J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the 1953 bus from the town square up to the airport in the sky. Freddie was our tour guide and he was fabulous! Very knowledgable and interesting and kept us laughing the whole time. We saw a bison on the way there and got amazing pictures. Once we were there Levi was working in the store and was... More 

Thank Steven J
St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are pilots so wanted to see their airstrip. Its perfect for small planes. No jets. On top of the island so the view is spectacular. Only experienced pilots go.

Thank HavBagWiLLTravel
Paradise, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I took the airport shuttle from Avalon to spend a couple of hours at the airport just after the first of the year 2016. This excursion wasn't the most economical thing we did on the island but we did enjoy our day. The shuttle trip was a little over $60 for the two of us. The ride... More 

Thank Cameron351
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This is an historic facility that includes a restaurant and gift shop. You will enjoy checking this out and the ride up from Avalon is interesting for its terrain and wildlife.

Thank 47MER47
Crawford, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

If traveling with dogs, you must use $110 taxi for 20 minute ride into town. Limited tie-down space. Landing fee + reasonable parking fees. Picturesque short hiking area.

Thank TBM-Pilot
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

A fantastic place to visit and was fortunate to fly in and out of it once. Love it's charm and amazing control tower. The hanger near the main building was, I believe, the original one built for the flying boats years ago. The shop/restaurant area is worth a visit and the Buffalo burgers are legendary. However one or two of... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Delightful little airport in the sky, as its name suggests...... we arrived by a tour car having seen bison on the way from Avalon. Wonderful little garden with carefully marked plants. Gift shop has a bit of everything...... we watched two small aircraft take off and had the place to ourselves on a late autumn day. Restful and interesting.

Thank whereiscookie
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

A must see journey. Unless you have a car or fly in - you need to see it via a tour. Several tour company's have tours. We took the Discovery Tour - Skyline tour. You leave Avalon on 1950s bus - fully narrated. At airport you get to see the airplanes and airport building. Nice restaurant and gift shop. A... More 

Thank Debbie N
Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

not much to see up there but there is a restaurant that served pretty decent food.....known for their cookies......we bought one it was good don't know that I would classify it as "great" though

Thank papasmurfTucson_AZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

It was part of our excursion tour of our cruise. The 40 mins bus ride was relaxing, but the point of interest were our own ship, possible buffalo (not native species of the island), the airport with small airplanes, and possible airplane taking offs (which are not announced, and we missed the only one during our stop). Most people on... More 

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