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Hours of Operation:

Santa Monica Municipal Code states:

The Airport shall be open for public use at all reasonable hours of the day and night, subject to the following restrictions:

a).  The Airport Director may close the Airport because of conditions of the landing area, necessary maintenance, the presentation of special events, and similar causes.

b).  No aircraft shall be started, run-up or depart the Airport between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Mondays through Fridays nor between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, except in case of bona fide medical or public safety emergency, with the consent of the Airport Director or, in his or her absence, the Watch Commander of the Police Department.

 SMPD Watch Commander

 (310) 458-8426

 Airport Director

 (310) 458-8591

Per the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES CODE 21662.4, all aircraft operators requesting to depart from Santa Monica Airport during the curfew hours must adhere to the following:


Must qualify as "Emergency Aircraft Flights for Medical Purposes" in which undue delay would threaten the patient's life. Qualifications would include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Patients accompanied by licensed or certified medical attendants such as paramedics, nurses, physicians, and respiratory therapists.

  • Surgical transplant teams for the purpose of procuring human organs for re-implantation in recipients.

  • Organ procurement agency coordinators responding to a potential donor.

  • Temporarily viable human organs such as a heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and human tissue, blood, or blood components.

  • Mechanical adjuncts or biological replacements for human organs.

  • Medical equipment or supplies.

Written Confirmation:

Aircraft that meet the necessary qualifications and depart during the curfew hours must provide written information concerning the emergency to Airport Management within 72 hours prior or subsequent to the departure of the aircraft. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the aircraft pilot, owner, operator and/or lessee incurring a civil penalty of $2,000. The information shall include the following items:

  • Patient's name and address.

  • The names of medical attendants or personnel and the discipline in which they are licensed or hold a certificate to practice.

  • A signed statement by the attending physician specifying that a medical emergency was involved.

  • The requesting medical facility or agency.

  • The intended destination.

  • The type and registration number of the aircraft.

  • The names of all flight crew members.