Posted on March 5th, 2023
Santa Monica Airport, also known as Santa Monica Municipal Airport, is a general aviation airport mainly located in Santa Monica and Mar Vista, California. The airport is just 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 6 miles north of LAX. The FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013 had SMO categorized as a reliever airport before its upcoming closure. Santa Monica (SMO) was a favorite natural choice for people going to or coming from Beverly Hills or Malibu and had two airport-operating runways.
KSMO is a general-use airport, and residential neighborhoods surround the airpark. This airport has another drawback, limited curfew hours that restrict aviation activity for general and private planes. The City of Santa Monica forcefully enforces one of the most stringent noise ordinances in the nation. In 2029, the Santa Monica Airport is slated to cease all flight operations and convert to parkland.
Santa Monica has a single 3,500 ft. runway and one helicopter pad.