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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“buffalo burger” (36 reviews)
“cookies” (80 reviews)
“gift shop” (51 reviews)
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1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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+1 310-510-0143
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"buffalo burger"
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"cookies"
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"gift shop"
in 51 reviews
"landing fee"
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"fun place to visit"
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"short runway"
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"small plane"
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"tour bus"
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"clean restrooms"
in 7 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 8 reviews
"bumpy ride"
in 5 reviews
"catalina island"
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"inland tour"
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"great history"
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"eco tour"
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

You must stop at one of the most unique Airports in the world. Cookies, souvenirs, good food, friendly staff and incredible views of an island paradise - what more could you want?

Thank 471rob
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the airport in the sky during an eco tour, this is possibly the best gift shop on the entire island! Believe it or not this little shop has everything you could possibly want, and most of it isn't found in other shops...More

Thank Caroline M
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Great history, gift shop, was able to walk up tower and chat with gentleman manning it. Very interesting, visit if you have time

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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the Catalina Airport on our tour with Journey Catalina. We had been told that the cookies were fantastic. Our tour guide was not wring. The airport is small but beautiful. There is a tile representation if the entire island that is lovely....More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

While you are on Catalina, take the tour up to the airport in the sky and learn about how it was constructed. It is an interesting stop and an easy trip.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

This is one of the coolest airports I have ever visited. At just over 1600 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest points on Catalina Island. The history of the place is interesting, and the Gift Shop is one of the nicest...More

Thank Frank D
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We were told by a local person that there was a BBQ at the airport. We were able to buy tickets and attend this once a year party. Live music and great food!!!

Thank ebordo
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CatConservancy, Guest Relations Manager at Airport in the Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thanks so much for joining us, and for your fantastic review! Please come visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Big highlight was seeing buffalo near the road both times. The ocean views from higher up were speculator.

Thank Karl E
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CatConservancy, Guest Relations Manager at Airport in the Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thanks so much for joining us, and for your fantastic review! Glad you got to see bison. Please come visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Enjoyed visiting the airport with my wife, daughter and daughter's boy friend. Their "monster" cookies are the best!

Thank Garrett T
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CatConservancy, Guest Relations Manager at Airport in the Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thanks so much for joining us, and for your fantastic review! Glad you enjoyed the cookies. Please come visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Flying into or out of this airport is EXCITING with a capital "E." Unless you come via helicopter, in a small plane the runway is super short and especially take off can be thrilling. As I recall you actually take off over a cliff so...More

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CatConservancy, Guest Relations Manager at Airport in the Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thanks so much for joining us, and for your fantastic review! Please come visit us again soon!

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G6280XNkarenl
30 March 2018|
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Response from teacherbetsy | Reviewed this property |
Never looked into it so I don't know. might be a private airport. my cousin flew his plane in many years ago from Denver
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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
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travelbuggy85
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
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