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Airport in the Sky

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 17 September 2015

The airport was part of our Cape Canyon tour. It is small and quaint. We saw an old city helicopter. Great views and amazing cookies!

Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Love those buffalo burgers. The Island made made with local titles is a great learning site. Not much air traffic the day we came.

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 11 September 2015

We were lucky enough to have a family member who has a plane. Landing was a little scary, so be sure you really know what you're doing. Runway is short. Everyone is friendly there at the store and tower. Cute souvenirs, clean bathrooms and decent...More

1  Thank sandra608
Reviewed 11 September 2015

I had a friend who owned a 4-seater Cessna. He decided to fly me to Catalina Island which necessitated using "The Airport in the Sky". One has to be a very accomplished pilot in my estimation, in order to land and take off from that...More

Thank traveltoforeignlands
Reviewed 11 September 2015

We took a bus tour that stopped here. The airport is interesting in its location and background, but isn't that spectacular. You can go up to the second floor of the "tower" (that term is an overstatement) but even there you don't really see much,...More

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 6 September 2015

The little store in the airport was wonderful. Although some things were pricey (which is normal for touristy items), I found a wonderful reasonable priced items for my family which will serve as Christmas gifts!!! Very nice staff also helps!!

Thank Camille N
Reviewed 24 August 2015

i love the killer cookie.they have a nice souvenir, and the scenery are awesome plus we have a cool 1955 tour bus!!

Thank Allan_ratz
Reviewed 16 August 2015

We went to the Airport in the Sky during our Skyline tour. It was interesting to learn about the history of the airport and how it was used during WWII. But other than that there is nothing really compelling about the place. They raved about...More

Thank Kevin D
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Fun little airport to visit. We stopped here on the bus ride from Two Harbors. I recommend taking a trip out if you have the time.

Thank klmurray13
Reviewed 10 August 2015

A must do airport for private pills. Have flown in here many times over the years and it's always fun. Very retro terminal, and the buffalo burgers in the small cafe can't be beat.

Thank Pat M
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Mark B
Can I take a helicopter to Catalina and how much is it
20 October 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
how do I access this airport if going to Catalina for just a day on the Catalina Express? is it easily accessible with a toddler/stroller? Thank you.
28 August 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