Frequently Asked Questions
What time do the gates open and when does the flying begin?
The gates open at 9:00 a.m. each morning and the flying will start at 12:00 noon. We invite people to get there early to get a good seat and to enjoy all the wonderful exhibits and vendors that are in attendance. There is truly something for everyone.
Where is the Salinas Municipal Airport?
The Salinas Municipal Airport (Home of the California International Airshow) is located just off of US 101, on the East side of the highway. Caltrans just recently completed major improvements to the exit and entrance to the airport. The map below will provide new details and the best routes.
Can we fly into the Salinas Municipal Airport during the Airshow?
Salinas Municipal Airport Closure Times: Flying activities should be planned around the times indicated below to avoid excessive delays in arrivals and departures.
September 23, 2016 Friday 1100-1500 Friday Practice Show
September 24, 2016 Saturday 1100-1700 Saturday Airshow
September 25, 2016 Sunday 1100-1700 Sunday Airshow
Fly-ins should plan for as early arrival as possible due to heavy late arriving traffic. Normal admission charges apply to all fly-in customers. Overnight tie-down charge is $3 single, $5 multi-engine. Parking assistance and shuttle bus will be provided.
No Pets Allowed on the field.
Tower 119.525 (831) 424-5022
How do we get there?
Getting to the California International Airshow is quiet easy. From the North, you will want to follow the signage on US 101 for the airshow, which will direct you to the John St. Exit. Follow the “Airshow Parking” signs to E. Alisal St. where you will find directions for parking parking.
If you are coming from the South, follow the signage on US 101 for the airshow which will direct you to the Fairview Ave. Exit. Follow the “Airshow Parking” signs which will have you turn right onto
Sanborn Rd. then right onto John St. and right onto E. Alisal St. The signs will direct you to the airshow parking lots.
What is the address and phone number of the California International Airshow office?
Our address is P.O. Box 1448 (37 Mortensen) – Salinas, CA 93902 and our phone number is 831-754-1983.
Are there shuttle bus services available to and from the airshow?
As a matter of fact there are. Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) provides FREE shuttle bus service to and from the airshow. You can catch the bus at the Salinas Northridge Mall directly off US 101. You will need to look for the Bus Stop signs and take LINE 48 (Saturday & Sunday only).
Can you recommend accommodations while we visit Salinas and the Monterey Area?
We are proud to have two very fine Motel/Hotel sponsors that we highly recommend. If you want to stay close to the action in Salinas, The Laurel Inn is the place to stay. Family owned for two generation, you will find lovely, clean rooms and a friendly staff. The Laurel Inn has the famous Black Bear Diner on property, a wonderful pool and spa, breakfast room, and much more. If you want to visit the Monterey Peninsula on your trip we are proud to recommend Casa Munras, a historic property in the heart of Monterey. Casa Munras has an on property spa and wonderful full service Bar and Tapas Restaurant.
Can we bring our own refreshments or a cooler?
Unfortunately, guests are not allowed to bring coolers of any kind into the Airshow. This is for security reasons as dictated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Homeland Security Administration (HAS). Thank you for your understanding.
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