Local Skydiving Team Receives Gold Medal.

Local Skydiving Team Receives Gold Medal.

The gold medal for the 8-way advanced event in the National Skydiving Championships at Skydrive Arizona was awarded to Team Motive8 XP. Read more...

Specialized Helicopters receives Part 141 certification

Specialized Helicopters receives Part 141 certification

Specialized Helicopters, LLC at the Watsonville Municipal Airport announced attainment of a FAR Part 141 Air Agency certificate as a certified flight school.

New Hangar Facility….coming fall 2015!!

New Hangar Facility....coming fall 2015!!

United Flight Services is making progress towards ground-breaking for construction of a 14,500 sq. ft. hangar facility.

Overflight prohibition zones added to Sectional Charts!

Overflight prohibition zones added to Sectional Charts!

Overflight prohibition zones within West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries have been added to the FAA's Sectional Raster Aeronautical Charts. Read more after the link!

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Wings Over Watsonville – THANK YOU!

Wings Over Watsonville - THANK YOU!

Thank you "Friends of the Fly-In" for your generous financial support! And thank you to all who attended this great event!

Group sitting under B-17 Bomber from WWII


  • 2nd Saturday Specials
  • Monthly Aircraft Display*
  • Tenant Appreciation Day
  • Airport Open House
  • Annual Fly-In & Air Show
Men working on the engine of an airplane


  • Public-use Regional Airport
  • General Aviation service and support
  • Fixed Based Operators/Flight Schools
  • Terminal facility, Restaurant and Lounge
  • Commercial business support
Front door of Watsonville's Municipal Airport Terminal


  • 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 domestic 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 55,000 operations per year including an estimated 5,000 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 (UNICOM) and lobby area.  A restaurant and cafe is located within the terminal building.  The Airport offers full service aircraft fueling support and a self service fueling island.

Watsonville Municipal Airport has 206 T-hangars, 12 corporate hangars, 12 mini-hangars, three “Box” 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 two maintenance FBOs, an aircraft restoration operation, an upholstery shop, two fixed-wing flight schools, one rotary wing flight school and a sport parachute operation.

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, air ambulance, law enforcement aviation, 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.

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.