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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
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1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0143
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Reviewed 5 December 2015

Delightful little airport in the sky, as its name suggests...... we arrived by a tour car having seen bison on the way from Avalon. Wonderful little garden with carefully marked plants. Gift shop has a bit of everything...... we watched two small aircraft take off...More

Thank whereiscookie
Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

A must see journey. Unless you have a car or fly in - you need to see it via a tour. Several tour company's have tours. We took the Discovery Tour - Skyline tour. You leave Avalon on 1950s bus - fully narrated. At airport...More

Thank Debbie N
Reviewed 1 November 2015

not much to see up there but there is a restaurant that served pretty decent food.....known for their cookies......we bought one it was good don't know that I would classify it as "great" though

Thank papasmurfTucson_AZ
Reviewed 8 October 2015

It was part of our excursion tour of our cruise. The 40 mins bus ride was relaxing, but the point of interest were our own ship, possible buffalo (not native species of the island), the airport with small airplanes, and possible airplane taking offs (which...More

Thank Carol0143
Reviewed 6 October 2015

We went on a self made tour with the taxi service and he took us up to the airport. You can go up in the tower and watch planes take off and land. There is a huge map of the island outside thaht you can...More

Thank TriplePisces2
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Yes, come visit the Airport in the Sky! by tour bus, golf cart, or plane... Your choice! If you are interested in aviation this is a must see while in Catalina Island. There's a restaurant and store for those must have souvenirs! We visited and...More

Thank Adriana M
Reviewed 22 September 2015

Took a tour bus here. Good view and we saw buffalo on the way there and back. The view was good up there and the food looked good from their snack bar but we didn't eat anything. Nothing else to do there.

Thank Donna G
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 12 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

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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
29 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