We are pleased to announce that Airport in the Sky, with its newly-repaired runway at ACE Clearwater Airfield, is now open.

This reopening marks the culmination of an innovative group effort to enhance the experience at Catalina Island’s only airport. Through a unique partnership between the Conservancy and the Department of Defense, a total of nearly 200 Marines and Seabees were deployed to Catalina Island over a three-month period to replace the main runway’s asphalt with concrete as training for future missions. The Runway Repair Project was conducted as an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) project through the Department of Defense.

We look forward to seeing you in the skies over Catalina soon!

The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Island, 10 miles from
the city of Avalon. It's a unique and exciting destination no matter how you arrive--via Wildlands Express,
bicycle, on foot, or private aircraft. 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 DC-3 Gifts & Grill restaurant is famed for its buffalo burgers. You can also get regular beef, chicken,
and vegetarian burgers, other sandwiches, and Mexican specialties (including buffalo tacos). During the
summer, don't miss out on the Grill's Barbecue's featuring live music from Island band Hot off the Range.
Call (310) 510-2196 for reservations.

The gift shop offers Airport in the Sky coffee mugs, t-shirts, and key rings, buffalo jerky, and a collectible
glazed tile in the style of the famed Catalina Pottery.

Each month the Catalina Aero Club organizes a fly in to the Airport in the Sky. This is a great chance to
check out some historic planes and visit with pilots. Click HERE for more information.

There are several ways to get to Airport in the Sky:

1. The best way is to fly your plane over!  (THERE IS A LANDING FEE, OR GET
2. Ride the Wildlands Express up from Avalon. 
3. Stop by on a custom Jeep Eco Tour
4. Hike or Bike!

Operating Hours: 
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (April 3 to October 13)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (October 14 to April 3)



The Wildlands Express is a convenient and inexpensive way to get to and from the world famous Airport in the Sky and see Catalina's wildlands. If you're lucky, you may spot a Catalina Island fox, bald eagle high in the sky, or bison roaming the hills.
Reservations are required, call (310) 510-0143.

FARES to Airport  from Avalon                                                         Fares to Little Harbor from Avalon

$34 Round Trip / $17 One Way (adults)                                                
$68 Round Trip / $34 One Way (adults)        
$28 Round Trip / $14 One Way (children ages 5-11)                            
$56 Round Trip / $28 One Way (children ages 5-11)
(children under 5 ride free)
Bicycles $5 each (helmets and permits required)

Purchase Tickets

The Wildlands Express runs daily, all year, except where noted.


708 Crescent Ave., Avalon 90704 | Phone: (310) 510-2595 | 320 Golden Shore, Suite 220, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Phone: (562) 437-8555
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