Airport in the Sky & ACE Clearwater Airfield

The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Island, 10 miles by road 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. During your visit enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Airport in the Sky Restaurant.

The single 3,000-foot-long runway was originally constructed in 1941 by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks, then using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps. In early 2019 the aging runway was repaired through a unique partnership between the Conservancy and the Department of Defense as part of an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) project. Now dubbed ACE Clearwater Airfield, the repaired runway provides a smoother, safer experience for all of those who fly in to Airport in the Sky. 

To contact the Airport call: 310-510-0143.

Operating Hours: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm (Closed November 25th and December 25th, 2021)

Landing Fees (as of 2/2021):

Aero Club - Join Aero Club for Unlimited Landings for the Year!
$175 Piston + Conservancy Membership
$325 Turbine + Conservancy Membership

One-Time Landing Fees:
$35 Piston single
$40 Piston twin
$50 Turbine single
$100 Turbine twin

Overnight Fees:
$20 for a single engine overnight
$25 twin engine overnight

PILOTS: Please fly above 1000 feet between January - July to protect the sensitive eagle nesting zones.

Want to know what it takes to fly to Catalina Island off the coast of California? 
Join the AOPA Air Safety Institute in the first episode of Beyond Proficient, a new series that focuses on safely getting you out of your comfort zone and challenging your flying skills.

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. We also do sign offs for historic display of aircraft on this day. 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!  Join the Conservancy's Aero Club for Unlimited Landings.
2. Ride the Wildlands Express up from Avalon. 
3. Stop by on a custom Jeep Eco Tour
4. Hike or Bike!



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)

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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