Airport staff is dedicated to promoting aviation while working cooperatively with residents of Palo Alto and surrounding communities. The airport is a general aviation field, owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto. In addition to being the tenth busiest single runway airport in California, PAO is a reliever to three Bay Area airports. The airport has one paved runway 13/31, measuring 2,443 × 70 feet. 

The terminal building is available to transient pilots and visitors with Wi-Fi, seating, restrooms, and parking for vehicles adjacent to the terminal.  Vehicle parking is free for the first 8 hours.


Airport operations, facility, and field maintenance, and tie-down services are handled by airport staff located in the terminal building.

Please view the current Fee Schedule for tie-down and parking rates. If interested in tie-down availability, contact PAO staff directly at or call 650-329-2444.

Existing airport tenants can update their account information by completing the Account Update Form and e-mailing it to

The Air Traffic Control Tower is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Contact Palo Alto Airport staff 

at 650.329.2444 or for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Palo Alto Airport

1925 Embarcadero Road 

Palo Alto, CA 94303

Terminal Hours:

Monday - Sunday 7 am to 9 pm

After-hours non-emergency issues, please contact dispatch at 650-329-2413.
After-hours emergency, please dial 911.

Noise Hotline: 650-329-2405

FY 2021 Fee Increase Notice Letter
FY 2021 Schedule of Fees and Charges

Airport Layout Plan
Aviation Businesses
2018 Annual Aircraft Noise Complaints Report

PAO Account Update Form (fillable)