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Escape To These 8 Warm Airports This Winter

Tired of snow and ice? Pack up and fly south to one of these airports.

1) Cedar Key (KCDK), Florida

At 2,300 feet in length, most GA airplanes will have no problem getting into and out of Cedar Key. If you're looking for a laid-back Florida experience, this is a great spot to check out.

Swayne Martin

2) Kalaupapa (PHLU), Hawaii (Molokai Island)

Forget Honolulu. This quiet airport on Molokai's Northern Coast has one of the coolest runway locations in the world. When the surf gets rough, you'll see spray flying over the end of Runway 5 as you start your takeoff roll.

Swayne Martin

3) Kapalua (PHJH), Hawaii (West Maui)

Read that name again. Kalaupapa is on Molokai; Kapalua is on Maui. While you can't fly into Kapalua yourself (it's a private airport), you can hop on 'Ohana by Hawaiian Airlines (ATR-42) or a Mokulele Airlines Cessna Caravan to get as close to whale watching as possible. For another few months, hundreds of whales are breeding and swimming just offshore of West Maui, and the Kapalua Airport is the fastest way to get there.

Swayne Martin

4) Catalina Island (KAVX), California

Nicknamed "The Airport In The Sky", Catalina is another awesome destination. The runway was built by blasting two mountain tops and filling the gap between them with 200,000 truckloads of rock. Try eating at the on-field restaurant, the DC-3, to get your $100 hamburger (Probably more like $200 nowadays).

Kyle Harmon

5) Key West (KEYW), Florida Keys

Key West, Florida, is a favorite spot for pilots. You get a taste of the Caribbean, without the pesky Customs procedures. From Mahi-Mahi to Jerk Chicken, relax island-style at Garbo's Grill.

Key West International Airport

6) New Orleans Lakefront (KNEW), Louisiana

Originally the major commercial airport in the New Orleans area, the Lakefront Airport relinquished its role in 1946 when commercial airline service began from the nearby Louis Armstrong International Airport. If you want to visit the French Quarter during Mardis Gras, this is the airport for you.


7) Dauphin Island (4R9), Alabama

Landing at the Dauphin Island Airport (4R9) is as close as you can get to landing on an aircraft carrier. In 1519, the Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda was the first European to visit the island.

Swayne Martin

8) Sedona (KSEZ), Arizona

Sedona is one of the most beautiful airports in the country. And since it's in northern Arizona and at higher elevation, it's warm, but not as hot as Phoenix. Because it's built on a mesa, you need to be prepared for landing illusions. You also need to consider the density altitude when you arrive and depart.

While you're there, check out the Mesa Grill. It's a fantastic restaurant on the field, and it comes with great runway views as well.

Overall, Sedona is an incredibly beautiful airport to fly in to, and it's one of our favorites.


What's your favorite winter getaway? Tell us in the comments below.

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