Located on the southern end of South Bass Island, the Put-in-Bay Airport is open year round and available for public usage. With modern facilities and two runways, the airport accepts small planes from the mainland and surrounding islands. It also offers tours on biplanes and helicopters. You are able to see the islands from a whole new perspective! Imagine flying higher than the monument and cruising along the coast taking in the whole island from the sky!
Put-in-Bay Airport Details
The Put-in-Bay Airport accepts arrivals and departures from dawn to dusk. The runways are in excellent condition but unlit. There are no departures allowed after dusk so you might want to plan on staying the night to soak in all the night life downtown has to offer. Book in one of our Put in Bay hotels or rentals early before all the weekends fill up!
Using one of the charter services, such as Griffing Airline or Island Air Taxi is a fun and exciting alternative to traveling to the island via a Put in Bay ferry like the Jet Express or Miller Ferry. Not only is it affordable, flying provides you with amazing views of the Lake Erie islands. It is also the only way to travel back and forth when the lake is frozen.
Planes need to remain 1000 feet from Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial when arriving and departing. The 352 ft column is located 1.5 miles southwest of the field. Pilots and passengers can also expect from light turbulence on approach when winds exceed 10 knots.
Purchase fuel at two of the nearby airports: Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport and Griffing Sandusky Airport. Be advised there is no fuel service offered at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Vending machines and restrooms are available onsite. All major credit cards are also accepted.
Put-in-Bay Airport Activities
Take in a birds eye view of Lake Erie with rides in a biplane or helicopter departing from the Put-in-Bay Airport.
The Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides offer rides for one or two persons per flight. Head into the clouds in a vintage World War II biplane and select from aerobatic thrills, smooth scenic rides, and/or flight lesson. Fly along the stunning coastline of Lake Erie, enjoying amazing views of Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island, Port Clinton, and Kelley’s Island.
These lovingly restored open cockpit planes are thrilling to ride. If you decide to take a flight lesson, the instructor will show you the basics then hand over the controls. They can also perform as many aerobatic maneuvers as you can take.
Put-in-Bay Helicopters offer a variety of scenic tours. Their popular tours show off the entire region focusing on the natural beauty of the islands and Lake Erie. This is a really special way to enjoy South Bass Island. The Put-in-Bay Airport also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including the Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion and The Put-in-Bay 3W2 FLY-IN.
If you are not to keen on flying then you can always tour the island using a Put in Bay golf cart rental! You may not get the full island experience in one day, so don’t be afraid to book a full weekend at a Put in Bay resort, condo, or rentals. However, the sooner you book the better because lodging fills up fast! Once you are all booked, check out the Put in Bay ferry options to see which one fits your needs!