Most citizens immediately identify air travel with airlines.  California has 26 airports that provide commercial airline service to their communities.  Some of these airports are enormous and can boast of their important roles within the global airline network.  Others are more modest and provide simple links between small or mid-size towns and their regional major airline hub.  Regardless, each airport plays a significant role in creating employment opportunities and economic benefits.

2013 Economic Impact Study of California
by California Airports Council

The California Airports Council was formed in 2009 with the purpose to disseminate information about California commercial aviation to the public and contribute to the continued development of a robust commercial
aviation infrastructure.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) report for Fiscal Years (FY) 2017 to 2021 is submitted to Congress in accordance with title 49 United States Code (U.S.C.), section 47103.  The NPIAS report identifies the airports included in the national airport system, the role they serve, and the amounts and types of airport development eligible for Federal funding under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) over the next 5 years. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been publishing the NPIAS since 1984.

Below are the locations of the NPIAS airports in California: