- 2nd Saturday Specials
- Monthly Aircraft Display*
- Tenant Appreciation Day
- Airport Open House
- Annual Fly-In & Air Show
- Public-use Regional Airport
- General Aviation service and support
- Fixed Based Operators/Flight Schools
- Terminal facility, Restaurant and Lounge
- Commercial business support
- Municipal Airport Management
- Airport Operations and Maintenance
- Hangar and Tie-Down Administration
- Airside and Landside Properties
- Off-Airport Commercial Properties
Welcome to the Watsonville Municipal Airport website, your portal to the sole airport within Santa Cruz county. Watsonville Municipal (KWVI) is a Regional General Aviation airport serving the business aviation requirements and recreational facilities of the City of Watsonville, County of Santa Cruz, and the Monterey Bay Area.
The Municipal Airport serves approximately 40 percent of all general aviation activities in the Monterey Bay area. General Aviation (GA) provides more than one percent of the United States’ gross dosmestic product (GDP), accounting for 1.3 million jobs in services and manufacturing. Locally the Municipal Airport creates employment, stimulates the Watsonville economy, serves as an important tool for business and is a critical element of our national airspace system. KWVI is one of over 5,000 airports in the United States available for public use by pilots.
The Municipal Airport, owned by the City of Watsonville, is a self sustaining “enterprise operation” with a staff of nine full time employees. The Airport is home to 333 aircraft and is used extensively by various businesses and specifically the agri-business community. The four runways (2-20 and 9-27) accommodate over 100,000 operations per year including an estimated 15,000 instrument approaches. The Airport has a National Weather Service Automated Surface Observation Station (ASOS) on the field.
The Municipal Airport’s Terminal building includes administrative offices, communications room and lobby area. An aviation themed restaurant and lounge is located within the terminal building. The Airport offers full service aircraft fueling support in addition to a self service fueling island.
Watsonville Municipal Airport has 206 T-hangars, 12 corporate hangars, 12 mini-hangars, three mid-sized hangars and 80 tie downs spots to serve based aircraft. East of the terminal building one hangar is dedicated as an education center and another a fixed based operator (FBO). To the terminal’s southwest is home to three maintenance FBOs, an aircraft restoration operation, an upholstery shop, two fixed-wing flight schools, one rotary wing flight school, a sport parachute operation and an experimental “home built” aircraft owner-assisted facility.
Watsonville’s Airport is the tri-county’s busiest per number of operations and based aircraft. The Airport supports many activities including private flying, flight training, ground school, aircraft rental, maintenance, experimental aircraft manufacture, air ambulance, law enforcement aviation, aerial firefighting, air charter, skydiving, and many other aviation related business concerns.
In 2012 the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) study of 2,455 General Aviation Airports highlighted Watsonville Municipal as a representative example of a “Regional Airport”. The FAA reiterated KWVI’s function as an emergency preparedness and response entity, a critical portal to community access, a driver of commercial and economic activities and a destination with it’s own special attributes and offerings.
KWVI is well known for it’s dedicated volunteer organizations including Civil Air Patrol Squadron 13, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 119, Monterey Bay Ninety-Nines and the Watsonville Pilots Association. This “Home Town Airport” is also host of the annual Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show.
As a gateway to California’s Central Coast the Watsonville Municipal Airport offers residents and visitors the opportunity to realize the value a classic General Aviation Airport brings to the city, county and country.