The Airport in the Sky – The Santa Catalina Island Airport
Construction on the airport was completed in 1946. Prior to this time the Island was accessible only to amphibious aircraft. The runway was built by blasting away the tops of two mountains and using the 200,000 truckloads of rock to fill the gap between them.
- General information number for the airport and terminal is (310) 510-0143. Call 800-255-8700 for weather information.
- Landing hours & fees Please contact the airport at the above phone number for current hours and fees.
- No fuel is for sale.
- The Runway Cafe, with both indoor and outdoor seating, is open from 8:30 am until 4 pm daily. Try the famous buffalo burgers! Call 310-510-2196 for info.
- Catalina Island Nature Center is a open-air exhibit about the flora and fauna of the Island, its geology, and the history of its early inhabitants. It’s run by the Catalina Island Conservancy. There is a lovely garden featuring native Catalina plants and cacti, and showing all five of the Island’s native plant communities.
The airport is often closed because of low cloud cover or other inclement weather. Call in advance to check conditions. For updated Catalina airport weather information call (800) 255-8700 from anywhere in southern California. You can also call the Airport Automated Weather Observation Services at 310-510-9641
The Airport Shuttle Bus to Avalon (310-510-0143) provides transportation on a regular basis.
Catalina Safari Shuttle Bus provides transportation from the airport to the village of Two Harbors (14 miles) stopping along the way at Little Harbor campground. Call 310-510-7265 for additional information.
By Foot or Bicycle
The Airport is 10 (road) miles from Avalon, connected by a picturesque paved road that follows the ridge. There are several closer destinations for a walk. Try the beaches at Rippers Cove (4-1/2 miles, steep descent) and at Little Harbor (7 miles), where there is also a campground. The nearest campground is Black Jack Camp (3-3/4 miles). Camping on Catalina Island is permitted only in officially designated areas. Hiking permits and biking permits are required for either activity in the interior of the Island and are available at the airport.