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Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0143
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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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Nice Little Heliport

Air conditioned waiting room with a wide-screen tv. Give yourself time to wait for a taxi when you plan to go to the heliport, since this is the only transportation on the island... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Air conditioned waiting room with a wide-screen tv. Give yourself time to wait for a taxi when you plan to go to the heliport, since this is the only transportation on the island available for tourists.

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Novato, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to visit to see the airport. Good display on the island history and good gift shop. This is a stop on the conservancy tour.

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santa maria, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Catalina Island Airport is fun and informative. Lots to see, nice gifts to take back with you after your trip, and an educational outdoor setting that is plum full of good information.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quick stop at this little airport....nice snack bar and views. I found the Wrigley history an enjoyable and intriguing aspect to the island...this is another piece of that. You only need 15 mins.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great spot to buy gifts and have a great lunch. The buffalo burger was good, but the bison hotdog was delicious!

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The airport was a stop on my bus tour. Who knew there was an airport up there! Mine was a half hour stop so you can get food and drink and of course visit the gift shop. The history of the airport is very interesting. They are known for their oatmeal cookies which I thought were nothing special. This was... More 

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Ready to try a Buffalo burger? Airport in the sky is your destination. Delicious food, great views and fun trip up.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Was on our list as we had done the zip line before but our bus broke down and we returned on another bus going back down. They had seen quite a few Buffalo and were very happy. Will return and do again

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Lake Mary, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We stopped here as part of a tour while on Catalina Island. It's a nice place to visit, offering food and refreshments while providing some history about the area.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

First I got a hiking permit from the Catalina Island Conservancy. I walked up the road from Avalon to the reservoir where I intercepted the Trans Catalina Trail. From this point I hiked the trail for about 2 hours. At the point the trail gets very close to the road I decided to walk the road the remaining distance to... More 

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