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Van Nuys Airport (IATA: VNYICAO: KVNYFAA LID: VNY) is a public airport in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley section of the city limits of Los Angeles, California. No major airlines fly into this airport, which is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports.

Van Nuys Airport
VNY Airport logo.svg
Van Nuys Airport by D Ramey Logan.jpg
2015 photo
Airport type Public
Operator Los Angeles World Airports
Serves Los Angeles, California
Elevation AMSL 802 ft / 244.4 m
Coordinates 34°12′35″N 118°29′24″W / 34.20972°N 118.49000°W / 34.20972; -118.49000Coordinates: 34°12′35″N 118°29′24″W / 34.20972°N 118.49000°W / 34.20972; -118.49000
VNY is located in California
VNY is located in the US
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16R/34L 8,001 2,439 Asphalt
16L/34R 4,011 1,223 Asphalt
For the United States Air Force use of the airport (1942–1990), see Van Nuys Air National Guard Base

Van Nuys Airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world. With two parallel runways, Van Nuys Airport handled approximately 217,000 aircraft movements in 2015.

The airport is home to the Van Nuys FlyAway Bus service, which runs nonstop buses to Los Angeles International Airport for travelers that park their cars at Van Nuys.

Many news, medical transport, and tour helicopters from the Los Angeles area are based at Van Nuys Airport. The Los Angeles City Fire Department operates its Air Operations Unit at Van Nuys Airport. The City of Los Angeles also has its maintenance hub at the airport, used for staging and maintaining LAPD and LADWP helicopters.



Runway 16R, Van Nuys
Viewed from the rail line to the north

Van Nuys Airport covers 725 acres (293 ha) and has two runways:

  • 16R/34L: 8,001 ft × 150 ft (2,439 m × 46 m) Asphalt
  • 16L/34R: 4,013 ft × 75 ft (1,223 m × 23 m) Asphalt


  • In 2001 a KTTV news helicopter "Sky Fox 2", a secondary helicopter that was previously owned by KTLA, crashed at Van Nuys airport after experiencing problems while covering the Academy Awards.
  • A Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 twin-engine jet departing for Long Beach Airport crashed 0.5 miles (1 km) north of the airport on January 12, 2007, killing two people on board. One was reported to be the owner of the company which operated the aircraft.[1]
  • On November 25, 2008, a Cessna 310 carrying 2 people experienced landing gear problems. After burning off fuel, it was able to land on the runway without incident, although its front gear collapsed upon landing.[2]
  • On January 9, 2015, a Lancair aircraft crashed after takeoff just south of the airport at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue. The pilot, an experienced flight instructor and Jet Propulsion Laboratory robotics engineer, was killed.[3][4]

Filming locationsEdit

Many movies and television shows have been filmed at the airport, including a scene showing the arrival of Major Strasser in Casablanca, an episode of the TV show Alias, and several episodes of Season 5 of 24. The 1980s action-espionage series Airwolf used the Van Nuys Airport hangars regularly as the site of "Santini Air", the charter air service company owned and operated by Ernest Borgnine's character (Dominic Santini) in the series.

In 2005 a film documenting the history of Van Nuys Airport was released under the name One Six Right, named after the more popular runway at the airport.

Legend has it that Burbank Airport provided the setting for Humphrey Bogart's famous goodbye in the film Casablanca. But the airplane that departed with Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, who played her Nazi-resisting husband, was actually filmed during a late-night shoot in Van Nuys, at what was then called Metropolitan Airport. All the runway scenes that included actors took place inside sound stage No. 1 at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, where technicians re-created a dim Moroccan airstrip.

A major part of the science fiction classic Silent Running was filmed at the Van Nuys Airport in March 1971. The Domes from the spacecraft that contained the last surviving forests were filmed there. The main interiors were filmed aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CV-45), which was docked at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in Long Beach, California. Shortly after filming was completed, the carrier was scrapped. The forest environments were originally intended to be filmed in the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the production budget forced the sequences to be shot in a newly completed aircraft hangar in Van Nuys.

In the last episode of Season 1 of the HBO series Entourage, the final scene takes place at Van Nuys Airport, where Vincent Chase and company take off for New York City. It was also used in the 4th season when Kanye West offers the group a plane ride on a Marquis Jet to Cannes. In Season 5 episode 7, Ari Gold and Vincent Chase run into each other in a hangar as each are about to depart on separate flights to Geneva, Switzerland and Hawaii respectively. The last episode of season 6, episode 12, is used as a location where Vincent Chase and his crew run into Matt Damon on the way to Italy for a shooting.

Van Nuys Airport was also a location for filming of Britney Spears's music video for "Stronger", Metallica's music video for "The Memory Remains", pop-punk band Blink-182's music video for "All The Small Things" and Kiss's music video for "God Gave Rock and Roll To You 2".


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ "Two Killed In Van Nuys Jet Crash". KNBC. 2007-01-12. Archived from the original on 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Plane Slides to Stop on Runway". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ "One dead as small plane crashes in street near Van Nuys Airport". Los Angeles Times. 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Harriet (2014-01-10). "JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided 'extreme' exploration". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. 

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