|Elevation AMSL||4,830 ft / 1,472 m|
Sedona Airport (IATA: SDX, ICAO: KSEZ, FAA LID: SEZ) is a small non-towered airport located two miles (3 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.
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 (which assigned SEZ to Seychelles International Airport in Mahé, Seychelles).
Sedona is a very popular destination among Arizona tourists, especially with those who are interested in the New Age movement or those seeking to be close to nature. The airport is located on top of a high mesa overlooking a major portion of the city; 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 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 1960, a small, paved runway had been built, practically eliminating the animal problem.
By 1990, the airport's runway had been improved and it had begun to receive service from some small scheduled airlines. It was the hub of Air Sedona, which served it from such places as Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Las Vegas, the nearby Grand Canyon airport and others. Sedona's airport is not able to accommodate commercial jets of the size of the Boeing 727 or larger. It does, however, attract a large number of smaller business jets and aircraft such as Cessna and Beech airplanes and helicopters.
Accidents and Incidents
Former 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 Thursday, July 26, 2012.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SEZ ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Great Circle Mapper: SDX / KSEZ - Sedona, Arizona
- Great Circle Mapper: SEZ / FSIA - Mahé, Seychelles (Seychelles International Airport)
- "Inside business: Scenic Airlines to leave Sedona". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 1997-04-07.
- "3 Dead In Sedona Airport Plane Crash". CBS 5 Arizona. 2012-07-27.
- Sedona Airport, official web site
- Sedona Airport (SEZ) at Arizona DOT airport directory
- "Sedona Airport Master Plan: 1997-2017" (PDF). (2.61 MiB)
- openNav: SDX / KSEZ charts
- Resources for this airport: