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Airport in the Sky

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1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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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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1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took an island jeep tour that visited the airport in the sky and enjoyed our stop there. It was interesting in its own right but it was made better by the history and background we heard from our tour guide. As a former pilot...More

1  Thank Tim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

i love this spot, it is a very long scenic drive on a tour bus to get there; unless you know some locals with a pass, but just the burger alone is worth the drive! they have a gift shop and an incredible view outside...More

Thank milvetmac
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very unique place to land. Super friendly people in the tower and restaurant Don't forget the $25 landing fee. Go and have the Buffalo Burger! Then take the shuttle into town (Wildlands Express) these gys we super friendly and helpful, great day out!

Thank Aussietrip77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I like this little airport, it would be nice if they would re coat the runway. They charge 25 dollars to land here, and the bus ride to Avolon is 35 per person. Often I eat here, and get the buffalo burgers. It hasn't changed...More

Thank MikeinMalibu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took an island tour and one of the stops was the airport in the sky, I never knew there was an airport there, but it is a nice place to stop, watch the planes lane, get a bit to eat, have a beer or...More

Thank dwchatt33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like planes, and so the visit to the airport was just great. Catalina is certainly a good place to visit!

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everytime, we visit Catalina, we drop by the airport for the Chocolate Chip cookies, before heading out to the interior! Besides, cookies, there is a gift shop with cool tshirts, and other knic-knacs!

Thank jane u
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Mom use to be a flight instructor before she retired from that Gig. But that was about 20 or so years ago.Anyways off we went into the Wild Blue Yonder. Then made a bee line to the 26 miles trip off the coast of...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bison, fox, squirrel and raven on the hiking trails if your lucky and we were able to see all of those! Food is great at the airport and there are unique gifts, and supplies you won't find anywhere else on the Island.

Thank Erin C
Reviewed May 30, 2017

We stopped there as part of the bus tour. Not much up there other than an airport with a restaurant. Great views.

Thank tbrennan
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Mark B
October 19, 2015|
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Response from Marti B | Reviewed this property |
Pebbly Beach where they land is just east of where the boats (Catalina Express,etc...) bring in their passengers. It was built for the movie stars and special guests to land wihtout having to go through the main debarking... More
August 28, 2015|
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Response from CarlosLdelaRosa | Reviewed this property |
You can take one of the vans called Wildlands Express that would take you to the airport and back. They are located on the main Avalon tours plaza. White vans operated by the Catalina Islamd Conservancy. And yes, they will... More