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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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  • Average16%
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“buffalo burger” (36 reviews)
“cookies” (68 reviews)
“gift shop” (48 reviews)
1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

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

2  Thank Tim H
Reviewed 12 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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 28 June 2017 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

1  Thank MikeinMalibu
Reviewed 27 June 2017

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 26 June 2017

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 25 June 2017 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 21 June 2017

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 30 May 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
Reviewed 27 May 2017

My wife and I took the Catalina Island Conservancy Jeep Eco Tour - a three hour tour of the Island. One of the highlights was a stop at the Airport in the Sky. Having flown planes myself in the Air Force I really enjoyed this...More

1  Thank rebusinessforms
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Mark B
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
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