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Sedona Airport

Coordinates: 34°51′00″N 111°47′24″W / 34.85000°N 111.79000°W / 34.85000; -111.79000
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Sedona Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerYavapai County
LocationSedona, Arizona
Elevation AMSL4,830 ft / 1,472 m
Coordinates34°51′00″N 111°47′24″W / 34.85000°N 111.79000°W / 34.85000; -111.79000
SEZ is located in Arizona
SEZ is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 5,132 1,564 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Concrete
Statistics (2022)
Aircraft operations (year ending 5/11/2022)35,000
Based aircraft63

Sedona Airport (IATA: SDX, ICAO: KSEZ, FAA LID: SEZ) is a non-towered airport located 2 miles (1.7 nmi; 3.2 km) southwest of the central business district of Sedona, a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. The airport covers 220 acres (89 ha) and has one runway and one helipad.[1]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Sedona Airport is assigned SEZ by the FAA and SDX by the IATA[2] (which assigned SEZ to Seychelles International Airport in Mahé, Seychelles[3]).

The airport is located on top of a high mesa overlooking a major portion of the city; it has been termed a tabletop runway. It is not uncommon for tourists or locals driving around downtown Sedona to see an approaching airplane fly overhead and then suddenly disappear into the mountains without ever appearing to land. The airport is also located very close to the Red Rocks of Sedona.

The airport is well known as being the location of the flying lessons on the ground and in the air in Microsoft Flight Simulator,[4] where it is also one of the handcrafted airports, giving real-life detail of the taxiways and runway.[5]


Sedona Airport from the south, showing its location atop a mesa

The airport was inaugurated in 1955. At that time it had no paved runway, and animals such as coyotes could be seen walking around the air-strip. This proved dangerous to pilots arriving at Sedona. By 1957, a small, paved runway had been built.[6]

By 1990, the airport's runway had been improved and it had begun to receive service from a local scheduled airline. Air Sedona, founded by Jack Seeley in 1981, served Sedona from such places as Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Las Vegas, the nearby Grand Canyon airport and others until 1995.[7] Sedona's airport is not able to accommodate commercial jets of a size of a Boeing 737 or larger. It does, however, attract a large number of smaller business jets and aircraft such as Cessna and Beech airplanes and helicopters.

At one point, the airport was served by Desert Pacific Airlines.[8]

Scenic Airlines discontinued service at Sedona in April 1997.[9]

Accidents and incidents

  • On April 13, 2003, a Beechcraft Bonanza carrying three people collided with terrain after striking the fence to the southwest of runway 21. The flight instructor, student, and passenger were all fatally injured in the crash.[10]
  • Two-time Olympic distance runner Pat Porter, his 15-year-old son Connor, and a friend of his son, 14-year-old Connor Mantsch, died when their airplane, a Beechcraft Duke piloted by Porter, crashed after takeoff from the airport, on July 26, 2012.[11][12]
  • On April 25, 2021, a Cessna 182 Skylane crashed, resulting in two people injured.[13]

See also



  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Form 5010 for SEZ PDF, effective 2023-09-07
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: SDX / KSEZ - Sedona, Arizona
  3. ^ Great Circle Mapper: SEZ / FSIA - Mahé, Seychelles (Seychelles International Airport)
  4. ^ Mike (2020-12-02). "FS2020 Flight Lessons". Flight Sim Coach. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  5. ^ Lynn, Lottie (2020-08-17). "Flight Simulator airport list: every Standard, Deluxe and Premium hand-crafted airport in Flight Simulator listed". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  6. ^ "The History of Sedona Airport – Sedona Airport". sedonaairport.org. Archived from the original on 2017-05-17.
  7. ^ "Sedona - The Red Rock Review". www.redrockreview.com. Archived from the original on 2001-12-18.
  8. ^ "Desert Pacific Airlines October 29, 1979 Route Map".
  9. ^ "Inside business: Scenic Airlines to leave Sedona". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 1997-04-07.
  10. ^ "Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Final Report". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  11. ^ "3 Dead In Sedona Airport Plane Crash". CBS 5 Arizona. 2012-07-27.
  12. ^ "Beech BE60 Duke, N880LY: Fatal accident occurred July 26, 2012 in Sedona, Arizona".
  13. ^ "Two people taken to hospital after small plane crashes at Sedona Airport". MSN.