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"Watch us take off!" We certainly are taking off here at Napa County Airport.


Air taxi service, corporate jet and fractional ownership jet traffic is increasing. Anchor or cornerstone long-term tenants such as Bridgeford Flying Services dba Napa Jet Center, Golden Gate Air Operations Unit of the California Highway Patrol, are joined by 6 jet aircraft storage hangars. In addition to our corporate tenants, we also have 179 short-term hangar agreements.

Napa County Airport tenants provide 406 jobs with a total income of $18.4 million annually. The Airport is financially supported through revenue earned at the Airport along with Federal and State grants for capital improvements. There is no County general fund support. It is estimated that aircraft at Napa County Airport provide $2.3 million annually in property taxes. Nearly 83 percent of the tax dollars collected is allocated to Napa Valley schools.

We’re proud of our airport, and what it means to our community. Visit Napa County Airport to take a flight, watch arriving and departing aircraft, and visit Napa County’s best civic value.


Martin Pehl, A.A.E., Airport Manager



The attack on Pearl Harbor sparked construction of an airfield in Napa. The Napa Auxiliary Air Defense Field was built in 1942, along with hundreds of other new facilities up and down the coast. Not long after the Napa Air Defense Field became operational, the threat of attack ended. At war's end in 1945, the federal government turned over control of the airport to Napa County.

Two years later, the airport featured a hangar, shop and administration building, and five fixed base operators (FBO's) vied for business. Only one of the five survived beyond 1947 - Bridgeford Flying Services, which remains in operation today.

In 1952, Southwest Airlines commuter service from Napa to San Francisco began. The operation was short-lived, ending the same year after a fire destroyed the administration building. Federal funds fueled construction of a new terminal, but commuter service was never restored.

The growth of general aviation in the post-war years led to a new taxiway and apron in 1963, and construction of a control tower in 1964.

In 1971, Japan Air Lines (JAL) began work on a facility for pilot training. JAL brought increased growth to the airport, with new hangars and training facilities. More than 2500 JAL Captains and First Officers have been trained at Napa County Airport.  In 2010, the last calss of Japan Airlines students went through the Napa Training facility.

Napa Valley Corporate Park, just north of the airport, and the Gateway Project to the east side of the airport, are home to a growing number of businesses. Commercial growth and future development of a destination hotel nearby, promises to stimulate greater corporate use for Napa County Airport facilities.

From the 1970s to the present, Napa Valley has grown into a highly desirable tourist destination. Events like the Napa Valley Wine Auction, and major events at the nearby Infineon Raceway, create a peak of arrivals and departures at the Napa County Airport. A number of corporate jets are now based at Napa County Airport and there is a lengthy waiting list for hangar space.

From its origins as an air defense outpost, the Napa County Airport has become an irreplaceable resource for general aviation, and an economic engine for the community.


About Napa County Airport Brochure (pdf)