The Airport in the Sky is Catalina Island's only airport open to the public; however, it is only used for general aviation and freight flights. Located 10 miles from Avalon, the airport sits 1,600 feet above sea level on a mountaintop at the center of the Island and features the DC-3 Grill and Gifts, a restaurant famous for their Buffalo burgers, sandwiches, and world famous cookies and a small gift shop.
Visitors can reach the airport on a Skyline Drive Tour, the Safari Bus or by walking over from Black Jack. Commissioned by the Wrigley Family, the airport was officially opened in 1946, with its 3,250-foot-long runway constructed by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks and using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps. The gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs and memorabilia for visitors to take home and the Catalina Aero Club organizes a celebratory fly into the Airport in the Sky every month.
1 Airport Road, Avalon, CA 90704, 310-510-0143 Photo: ana_kolesnikova/Fotolia
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