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Sedona Airport (IATA: SDX, ICAO: KSEZ, FAA LID: SEZ) is a small 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]

Sedona Airport
Sedona airport.jpg
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; -111.79000Coordinates: 34°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 5,129 1,563 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Concrete
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations50,000
Based aircraft102

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 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.



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.[4]

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.[5] 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.

Scenic Airlines discontinued service at Sedona in April 1997.[6]

Accidents and IncidentsEdit

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.[7][8]

In a separate incident, another man[who?] crashed his private jet after overshooting the runway during landing.[when?][citation needed]


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for SEZ (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-07-05
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: SDX / KSEZ - Sedona, Arizona
  3. ^ Great Circle Mapper: SEZ / FSIA - Mahé, Seychelles (Seychelles International Airport)
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  6. ^ "Inside business: Scenic Airlines to leave Sedona". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 1997-04-07.
  7. ^ "3 Dead In Sedona Airport Plane Crash". CBS 5 Arizona. 2012-07-27.
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