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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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  • Average16%
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1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

Great stop for lunch during our 4 hour tour of the canyon. Saw small planes landing and taking off. We watched a herd of buffalo in the distance. Don't miss trying the buffalo burgers and giant cookies!

Thank Smileymamaw
Reviewed April 26, 2017

We stopped at the airport on our tour. This is a very old airport which is known for its buffalo burgers and home made cookies. The views from the airport are wonderful. Fun little spot with a small gift shop. If you go around meal...More

Thank 270Pat_C
Reviewed April 22, 2017

We stopped here on our island tour. Food was delicious and we had plenty of time to order, eat, look around, and be back in the hummer. We had 45 minutes. Oh you must get a cookie! Yummy!!

Thank Jeannine E
Reviewed April 14, 2017

We arrived at the airport as part of the Skyline bus tour. Loved the history of the area, the displays of the island and its features, the killer cookies and the resident fox!

Thank Kristen B
Reviewed April 14, 2017

We took the Inland Expedition tour and it takes you to the airport in the sky.... stunning views! Nice stop for a snack & beverage and to walk around, a little history, etc.

Thank SKnBK
Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Not easy to travel to, but worth the effort. This is Catalina Island's airport....For small private aircraft and the Flying Boats for freight, the terminal was built with an eye toward information on island's geography (a significant built-in walk around model of the island), native...More

Thank ArizonaOD
Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

Bus tour takes you to airport. This airport is for small private planes. There is a small restaurant,restrooms, and a gift shop of course. They have cookies that are pretty good. The views are just OK. The best views are on the trip up and...More

Thank PaVistor19460
Reviewed March 12, 2017

We stopped at the airport on our Catalina Inland Adventure bus tour. Just enough time to stretch, enjoy a beer and a cookie at the snack bar and climb the viewing tower for 360 degree views. Hey- we even got to see the island fox...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2017

We were taken a tour on Catalina Island which included passing by the airport in the sky. Located way atop the hills of Catalina Island. This is just a very small airport more for privately owned planes.

Thank mariedesjardins
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Stopped here on a Skyline tour. Loved our tour guide, very knowledgeable and super friendly. He recommended trying a cookie when we stopped in and I'm sure glad we did. The cookies are oatmeal and come in 3 flavors. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, and...More

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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