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Southern California Airports Guide

If you’re ready to book a flight to your next vacation destination, there are a number of Southern California Airports that you can fly in and out of. Los Angeles International Airport is the most popular airport in Southern California, but it also one of the busiest, most congested, and time consuming. If you want to know your options, here is a Southern California Airports Guide to help you plan your next trip.

We’re also adding the list of SoCal municipal and regional airports for those of you who may want to know more about other airport locations in the area.

Southern California Airports Guide

Southern California Airports – Commercial

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Address: 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 855-463-5252
Surrounding Area: Greater Los Angeles, South Bay
Nearby Hotels: Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport, Courtyard By Marriott LAX/Century Boulevard, H Hotel Los Angeles Curio Collection by Hilton, Homewood Suites By Hilton Los Angeles International Airport

  • Major Carriers include American, Alaska, Delta, British Airways, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United
  • Largest and busiest airport on the west coast
  • 4 runways and 9 Terminals
  • Nonstop flights available
  • Best for visitors planning to stay in the Los Angeles area

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)

Address: 2627 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818-840-8840
Surrounding Area: Northwest Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, Pasadena
Nearby Hotels: LA Marriott Burbank Airport, Ramada By Wyndham Burbank Airport, Hampton Inn & Suites LA Burbank Airport, Quality Inn Burbank

  • Major carriers include Southwest, American, JetBlue, Delta, Alaska, United, Spirit, Avelo
  • Formerly known as Bob Hope Airport
  • 2 runways and 2 terminal
  • Nonstop flights available – Domestic flights only
  • Great place to fly into for those whose travel plans include attractions like Six Flags and Universal Studios, with close proximity to Hollywood and Los Angeles

John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)

Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 949-252-5200
Surrounding Area: Orange County, Long Beach
Nearby Hotels: Hilton Irvine/OC Airport, Atrium Hotel Orange County, Hampton Inn & Suites Irvine/OC Airport, Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach

  • Major carriers include American, Spirit, United, Delta, Southwest, Frontier, United, Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant
  • 2 runways and 3 terminals
  • Nonstop flights available – International Flights available
  • Named after John Wayne the movie star – there is a statue of him near the baggage claim
  • Best option for itineraries that include Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and other popular Orange County attractions

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Address: 4100 Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, CA 90808
Phone: 562-570-2678
Surrounding Area: Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Orange County
Nearby Hotels: Hampton Inn Long Beach Airport, Homewood Suites By Hilton Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Marriott, Courtyard Long Beach Airport

  • Major carriers include Southwest, Hawaiian, Delta
  • 1 runway and 1 terminal
  • Nonstop flights available – Domestic flights only
  • Small and low-hassle airport that is easy to get in and out of
  • Great place to fly into for people traveling to both Los Angeles and Orange County areas

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Address: 2900 E Airport Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
Phone: 919-544-5300
Surrounding Area: Ontario, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County
Nearby Hotels: Holiday Inn Ontario Airport, Residence Inn Ontario Airport, Azure Hotel & Suites Ontario Trademark Collection by Wyndham, Double Tree Hilton Ontario

  • Major carriers include Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, Frontier
  • 2 runways and 2 terminals
  • Nonstop flights available
  • Best destination for those traveling to California’s Inland Empire

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Address: 3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-318-3800
Surrounding Area: Palm Springs, Riverside County, San Bernardino County
Nearby Hotels: Ingleside Estate Hotel & Bungalows, Extended Stay America Suites Palm Springs Airport, Courtyard By Marriott Palm Springs, Homewood Suites by Hilton Cathedral City Palm Springs

  • Major carriers include Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United
  • 2 runways and 1 terminal
  • Nonstop flights available – Domestic flights plus Canada, no other international flights available
  • Best airport for people traveling to Palm Springs and other desert destinations in the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley

San Bernardino International Airport (SBD)

Address: 105 N Leland Norton Way, San Bernardino, CA 92408
Phone: 909-382-4100
Surrounding Area: San Bernardino County
Nearby Hotels: Rodeway Inn, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson San Bernardino, Econo Lodge San Bernardino I-215

  • Currently only served by Breeze Airways
  • Currently no international service available – domestic flights only to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Provo, and Hartford
  • 1 runway and 3 terminals
  • Best used by people specifically travelling to the Inland Empire

San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Address: 3225 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-400-2404
Surrounding Area: San Diego County
Nearby Hotels: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station, Hampton Inn & Suites San Diego Airport Liberty Station, Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

  • Major carriers include Southwest, Frontier, Air Canada, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, United
  • 1 runway and 2 terminals
  • Nonstop flights available
  • Best Airport for all of the San Diego area and those who may plan on traveling into Mexico

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)

Address: 975 Airport Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-781-5205
Surrounding Area: San Luis Obispo County
Nearby Hotels: TownePlace Suites SLO, Embassy Suites by Hilton SLO, Hampton Inn & Suites SLO, Courtyard by Marriott SLO

  • Major carriers are Alaska, American, and United
  • 2 runways and 1 terminal
  • Nonstop flights available
  • Also offers general aviation/public use
  • Best choice for those planning to stay in the San Luis Obispo County Area

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)

Address: 500 James Fowler Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone: 805-967-7111
Surrounding Area: Santa Barbara, Ventura
Nearby Hotels:

  • Major carriers include Alaska, American, Southwest, United
  • 3 runways and 1 terminal
  • Nonstop flights available
  • Also offers general aviation/public use
  • Best choice for those travelling to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and nearby areas

Other SoCal Airports

Agua Dulce Airpark | Small Private Airport often used for filming, located in Santa Clarita

Apple Valley Airport (APV) | General aviation/public use | 21600 Corwin Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92307

Bakersfield Municipal Airport | General aviation/public use | 2000 S Union Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Banning Municipal Airport (BNG) | General Aviation/public use | 200 S Hathaway St., Banning, CA 92220

Big Bear Airport (RBF) | General aviation/public use | 501 Valley Blvd, Big Bear, CA 92314

Borrego Valley Airport (BXS) | General aviation/public use | 1820 Palm Canyon Dr., Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Brackett Field Airport (POC) | General aviation/public use | 1615 McKinley Ave, La Verne, CA 91750

Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) | General aviation/public use | 1424 Continental St., San Diego, CA 92154

Cable Airport (CCB) | General aviation/public use | 1749 W 13th Street, Upland, CA 91786

Camarillo Airport (CMA) | General aviation/public use | 555 Airport Way Suite B, Camarillo, CA 93010

Catalina Airport – KAVX (AVX) | General aviation/public use | 1 Airport Road, Avalon, CA 90704

Chino Airport (CNO) | General aviation/public use | 7000 Merrill Ave., Chino, CA 91710

Delano Municipal Airport (DLO) | Light aviation/public use | 1212 Airport Drive, Delano, CA 93215

Flabob Airport (RIR) | Light aviation/public use | 4130 Mennes Ave. #24, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

French Valley Airport (RBK) | General aviation/public use | 37600 Sky Canyon Drive, Murrieta, CA 92563

Fullerton Municipal Airport (FUL) | General aviation/public use | 4011 W Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833

General William J. Fox Airfield (WJF) | General aviation/public use | 4725 William J. Barnes Ave., Lancaster, CA 93536

Gillespie Field (SEE) | General aviation/public use | 1960 Joe Crosson Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020

Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR) | General aviation/public use | 12101 S Crenshaw Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Hemet-Ryan Airport (HMT) | General aviation/public use | 4200 Walden Weaver Rd., Hemet, CA 92545

Inyokern Airport (IYK) | General aviation/public use | 1669 Airport Rd., Inyokern, CA 93527

Jaqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM) | General aviation/public use | 56-850 Higgins Road, Thermal, CA 92274

Lompoc City Airport (LPC) | General aviation/public use | 1801 N H Street, Lompoc, CA 93436

McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) | General aviation/public use | 2198 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Meadows Field Airport (BFL) | General Aviation/ Also served by American and United | 3701 Wings Way, Bakersfield, CA 93308

Mojave Air & Space Port (MHV) | Licensed for Horizontal launches of reusable spacecraft/general aviation/public use | 1434 Flight Line, Mojave, CA 93501

Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (MYF) | General aviation/public use | 3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, San Diego, CA 92123

Naval Air Station North Island (NZY) | Military aviation | San Diego, CA 92135

Oxnard Airport (OXR) | General aviation/public use | 2889 W Fifth Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

Palmdale Regional Airport (PMD) | Not currently open to flights | 41000 20 St E Palmdale, CA 93550

Paso Robles Municipal Airport (PRB) | General aviation/public use | 4912 Wing Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Riverside Municipal Airport (RAL) | General aviation/public use/education | 6951 Flight Rd, Riverside, CA 92504

San Gabriel Valley Airport (EMT) | General aviation/public use | 4233 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731

Santa Maria Airport (SMX) | Served by Allegiant Air/general aviation/public use | 3249 Terminal Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455

Santa Monica Airport (SMO) | General aviation/public use | 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Santa Paula Airport (SZP) | General aviation/public use | 800 E Santa Maria St. 28 Wright Taxiway, Santa Paula, 93060

Santa Ynez Airport/Kunkle Field (IZA) | General aviation/public use | 900 Airport Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Southern California Logistics Airport | General aviation/public use | 18374 Phantom W, Victorville, CA 92394

Torrance Municipal Airport (TOA) | General aviation/public use | 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505

Van Nuys Airport (VNY) | General aviation/public use | 16461 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Whiteman Airport (WHP) | General aviation/public use | 12653 Osborne St, Pacoima, CA 91331

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